Chipotle has canceled their sponsorship for the Boy Scouts of America fundraising event due to a violation of their anti-discrimination policy.
In less than 24 hours, the fast food corporation rejected the Utah Scout-A-Rama event by the Great Salt Lake Council.
“By way of follow up, we have terminated our sponsorship of this event,” Chipotle Spokesperson Chris Arnold wrote in an email to Thnin.
“As I mentioned yesterday, community support decisions like this are made in a decentralized way and this one was inconsistent with our own policy. We believed that terminating the sponsorship and remaining consistent with our policy was the right thing to do, and we have reinforced our policy with the team that makes these decisions to try to prevent similar issues in the future.”
The event would be in direct violation of Chipotle’s anti-discrimination policy regarding sponsored groups.
In the policy, Chipotle stated that they “will not support organizations that discriminate against a person or a group on the basis of age, political affiliation, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.”
Chipotle provided a different response yesterday and said that the decision does violate their policy but hopes to connect with customers in that community.
Nonetheless, they will sponsor as “support for this event is limited to coupons for volunteers and participants and was an effort to connect with those individuals, not to endorse any Boy Scout policies.”
“We have built our brand largely by reaching out to people on a grassroots level and have done that working with a variety of community groups around the country, including school groups, youth sports, pride events, music festivals, food events and farmers’ markets, among many others,” Arnold said as a response to ThinkProgress.
“Our intention in doing that isn’t to endorse the policies of those groups, but rather to reach individuals (in this case the scouts themselves) through groups that are important in a given community. These decisions are made by a team of people around the country with the intention of connecting our restaurants with people in those communities. That being said, this decision is not consistent with our own values, and we have used this opportunity to reinforce those values with the team that makes those decisions for us.”
Arnold added that organization is strong and is in “in a place that’s more inclusive than where they are now.” Chipotle is now back in line with their corporate charitable giving policy.
Boy Scouts of America have dropped from $70,000 to $8,000 in contributions for this event.
Aside from Actor Chuck Norris supporting the BSA, Rockband Train and Singer Carly Rae Jepsen opted out of BSA’s Jamboree Summer Festival. New Jersey Senator Raymond Lesniak also refused an award from the institution. They made a controversial stance when they publicly said they would rather accept criminals than gay members.
Jespen tweeted: “As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer … I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level … and stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe.”
Last year, the Boy Scouts of America had known records of child molestation. The “perversion files” dated back to the 1920s with 15,000 pages of accusations of over 2,000 scout leaders.