Caterpillar pulls BSA support for not going far enough

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Caterpillar Inc has cut ties between their charity foundation and the Boy Scouts because of their policy change—which the company feels did not go far enough.

The company, most known for its construction equipment, released a statement on June 12 that said, “While we applaud the decision by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) that youth may no longer be denied membership on the basis of sexual orientation or preference, the fact remains that the BSA continues a policy that does not allow adult leaders who are open or avowed homosexuals.

“Because this policy does not align with Caterpillar’s enterprise policies on discrimination against sexual minorities, the Caterpillar Foundation does not invest in the BSA.”

The foundation had been a longstanding sponsor of the Boy Scouts; the decision came after a $25,000 grant renewal request was reviewed.

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