LDI employs carefully drawn Standards and Policies when dealing with corporations. As we gained more experience, the Standards and Policies were slightly revised. Now, with nearly 20 years of experience, the Standards and Policies have proven to be both fair and effective.
If it is confirmed that a corporation funds Planned Parenthood, its chief executive is informed of LDI's Standards and Policies so there is no question as to what will and what will not land the company on The Boycott List. There are no surprises and corporate officials are provided with ample opportunity to respond. Needless-to-say, many chief executives feel the need to "challenge" our Standards and Policies to determine if we are truly committed to them. Without exception, the business executive learns that we steadfastly remain true to the Standards and Policies.
Advance and Ongoing Communication
LDI contacts each corporation on a regular basis to afford leaders an opportunity to let us know if they qualify to be removed from The Boycott List. Once a company becomes a boycott target, it is the responsibility of the chief executive or his/her designee to inform us if it qualifies to be removed from The Boycott List. We require an affirmative statement that the company is not supporting Planned Parenthood. The corporate official must also certify that support will not be resumed in the future.
The Boycott List does not include every corporate supporter of Planned Parenthood, but only those that have been investigated and given "due process." All corporations listed have received information about Planned Parenthood, along with a request that support cease. A corporate name is added to The Boycott List only if, after a reasonable amount of time, its leaders refuse to change the philanthropic practice.
Five Year Rule
The Boycott List includes corporations that have donated to Planned Parenthood, at any level, in any amount, within the past five years, but whose officials refuse to say donations will not be made in the future. Some officials claim their respective company no longer supports Planned Parenthood. If officials refuse to say donations will not be made in the future, the company remains on a boycott target until grants to Planned Parenthood have ceased for five years. This is done to prevent corporations from donating five times as much money every five years and claiming for four years that they do not support the pro-abortion groups. We learned early on that corporate leaders will turn to devious methods to continue supporting Planned Parenthood. For example, one corporation had donated $5,000 to the pro-abortion group every year since 1991. After becoming a boycott target, the corporation donated $25,000 and for four years told consumers they do not support Planned Parenthood. Tricky to be sure and maybe even clever, but we quickly saw through the ruse and established Five Year Rule. Therefore, do not be surprised if a corporation responds that it is no longer supporting Planned Parenthood.
What We Do And Don't Track
LDI tracks cash donations and gifts in-kind. We also make note of matching gifts. LDI does not track donations made to United Way or other organizations.
Some corporations, such as AlphaGraphics (owned by G.A. Pindar), operate on a franchise model. A franchise allows the buyer to use the corporation's name and logo, sell its brand of products, and so forth. Franchises are independently owned and operated but share the same name. Corporations determine standards for franchisees. Using our example, even if just one AlphaGraphics store funded Planned Parenthood, every AlphaGraphics store and all other entities related to G.A. Pindar would be a boycott target, regardless of the efforts of some to hide behind the franchisee/franchisor structure. The funding of Planned Parenthood by even one franchise naturally taints the name of the entire corporation. This is both undeniable and unavoidable. (Would the NAACP be placated by the "It's a franchise; we have no control!" mantra used by corporate officials if a franchisee funded the Aryan Nations? Needless-to-say, the excuse would never---and should never---be accepted.) When an independently owned and operated franchise donates to Planned Parenthood in the name of the company, we require the franchisor to contact the franchisee and request that such donations cease. If the franchisor refuses to make the request, the entire corporate structure is boycott. If the franchisor does make the request and the franchisee refuses, we would only target the local store. However, in every such case, without exception, franchisees have agreed to the request made by the franchisor.
While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of all information we release, there is always the possibility of human or mechanical error. Moreover, there are frequent changes in the corporate world. Should you notice an error please report it to us immediately. Corrections and changes between the release of Boycott Lists are published in LDI's newsletter, The Caleb Report, which is available on this website.
Unfortunately, LDI cannot honor requests for the following:
1) a list of "acceptable" companies (it could not be all-inclusive);
2) the amount of funds donated by a corporation (the issue is the funding, not the amount); and
3) the names of corporations removed from The Boycott List (in keeping with our promise to corporate leaders). Planned Parenthood and their allies would surely target corporations on "alternative/approved" and "removed/cleared" lists for its own boycott---and we would have done the research for them.