The results are startling—even a little disturbing. Companies like Hain Celestial, makers of popular natural product lines like Rice Dream and Soy Dream, are listed in the red with a score of just 43 out of 100 possible point. That's shamefully bad. Powerbar is even more pitiful at a wimpy 29. Surprisingly, Whole Foods ekes out a dispassionate 57, while Ben & Jerry's scores solidly in the “meh” with a C-minus grade of 71.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about the study is who the top food manufacturers are for GLBT-compassionate workplaces: General Mills, Kraft, Miller, Molson Coors and PepsiCo all score perfect 100s. Huh? I thought all those giant corporations were supposed to be the bad guys … but maybe they're not so horrible after all? I'm totally stumped.
And it gets even more complicated. Iams was ranked as “best in show” for dog food brands with a good score of 86. However, its parent company, Proctor & Gamble, is notorious for unapologetically testing its products on animals. Is that a compromise equality-minded animal lovers are ready swallow? I doubt it.
But you don't have to take my word for it. Request a copy of Buying for Equality at www.hrc.org and see if you can figure out what's best and worst for you.
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