EXXON MOBIL hates the gays.. Some food for thought on where you fill up.

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    Jul 28, 2008 6:53 AM GMT
    Came across this a couple years ago and haven't filled up with them since. This article was updated since then however.

    This is where Exxon Mobil stands on gay issues. Something I thought many people who didn't know might want to know. As if we arn't paying enough for gas already this will certainly leave a bitter taste in your mouth.

    Same-sex couples
    When Exxon Corporation merged with Mobil Corporation in 1999, the newly-merged company ended enrollment in Mobil Corporation's domestic partner benefits for same-sex partners of employees, and it rescinded formal prohibitions against discrimination based on sexual orientation by removing it from the company's Equal Employment Opportunity policy.[53]

    The combined company still does not provide domestic partnership benefits, although former Mobil employees continue to receive that benefit.[54]

    An example of the company's policy in action comes from an email sent to an employee in 2007 who inquired regarding his ability to obtain assistance with relocating to a new assignment with his same-sex partner:

    "Eligibility for U.S. employees' spousal coverage for relocation, expatriate pay components or medical plan is based on the federal definition of spouse which has the effect of limiting coverage to heterosexual married couples. This is consistent with ExxonMobil's fundamental position that we are guided by federal law in each of the nearly 200 countries and territories where we operate, and we provide coverage where there is a federally-recognized spousal relationship or a legal requirement to provide such benefits. We believe that basing employee benefits and programs on spousal relationships that are broadly recognized by law within the country is the only way our programs and benefits plans can be applied in a fair, rational, and consistent approach for our ~80,000 employees worldwide."

    This example indicates that the company does tolerate discrimination by not providing equal ability for gay employees to relocate their families for new job assignments. This potentially makes it more difficult for gay employees to take advantage of career opportunities than their heterosexual counterparts.

    According to a proxy statement and 2006 Corporate Citizenship Report[55], the company "has zero tolerance discrimination and harassment policies" on "discrimination and harassment for any reason, including sexual orientation."[56] However, the company does not include sexual orientation as a protected category in its Standards of Business Conduct: Equal Employment Opportunity[57]policy, as over 90 percent of the Fortune 500 have done. In 2007, 37.2% of ExxonMobil shareholders voted in favor of a shareholder resolution to add "sexual orientation" to the policy.[58]

    ExxonMobil scored a 0 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index 2006 for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.[53]


    I'm sure most people knew about this or don't care. I'm not an over zealous person but I find this disgusting.. The worlds biggest company maybe but not on my buck.icon_evil.gif

    p.s. Exxon gas stations are called Esso in different parts of the world but is still the same company.

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    Jul 28, 2008 7:13 AM GMT
    Ouch.. My eyebrows just kept climbing while reading that. Just makes 'ya sick to your stomach.
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    Jul 28, 2008 1:57 PM GMT
    Exxon... aren't they the number 1 enemy of environmentalists too?

    Nice. Pure evil.
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    Jul 28, 2008 2:28 PM GMT
    I havent filled up at an exxon station in over 10 years. My own personal boycott...lol
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    Jul 28, 2008 2:43 PM GMT
    I KNOW I don't touch Exxon, ever since the Valdez spill!
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    Jul 28, 2008 2:49 PM GMT
    JockBoyTroy saidI havent filled up at an exxon station in over 10 years. My own personal boycott...lol


    Same here. Talk about an evil company. And they're skating on the whole Valdez spill accident. They basically got off.
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    Jul 28, 2008 2:55 PM GMT
    I haven't gone their in years for their environmental policy. That personal boycott wont change anytime soon it seems.
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    Jul 28, 2008 2:59 PM GMT
    I think I bought beer at a Tiger Mart about five years ago; I think that's the last money I gave to Exxon. I'm a fanatic about going to Shell only. I know they are big oil, too, and I know they have the bad environmental record that goes along with being big oil. But they are also a major contributor to the Human Rights Campaign.
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    Jul 28, 2008 4:49 PM GMT
    XRuggerATX said
    JockBoyTroy saidI havent filled up at an exxon station in over 10 years. My own personal boycott...lol


    Same here. Talk about an evil company. And they're skating on the whole Valdez spill accident. They basically got off.


    Well I admit to cheating on my boycott. Somtimes I go into Tiger Mart...but I never buy anything. I just use their bathroom. Hehe.
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    Jul 28, 2008 6:14 PM GMT
    Do you all then boycott Campbell Soup, Scott Paper, JC Penny, General Mills, Pfizer, Chase, IBM, and Corning?
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    Jul 28, 2008 6:19 PM GMT
    ShawnTX saidDo you all then boycott Campbell Soup, Scott Paper, JC Penny, General Mills, Pfizer, Chase, IBM, and Corning?


    You know...you don't have to boycott everything to boycott one thing. Sending the message to one big player still counts for something. There's a fine line between making a statement and having it take over your life by maintaining perfect consistency and trying not to be a hippocrite (which is absolutely impossible). Sheesh. Besides, Exxon offends on multiple fronts and they have many competitors, so it's pretty easy to boycott them.

    For what it's worth, I generally don't buy products from those other companies. But that's because their products suck.
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    Jul 28, 2008 6:25 PM GMT
    XRuggerATX said
    ShawnTX saidDo you all then boycott Campbell Soup, Scott Paper, JC Penny, General Mills, Pfizer, Chase, IBM, and Corning?


    You know...you don't have to boycott everything to boycott one thing. Sheesh. Besides, Exxon offends on multiple fronts.


    Great point Rugger. I've been an Exxon boycotter for years; my dad started that one for me due to the Valdez incident.
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    Jul 28, 2008 7:32 PM GMT
    even when I'm a passenger in the car, I don't let the driver go to exxon stations. My mom knows, my dad knows, and my extended family does as well, and I do pop quizzes every now and then. I also make sure everyone who is getting ready to buy a car knows which companies do not support gay rights. Just my part, not a nationwide boycott, but every little bit counts. Reward those that stand behind us (with sales), punish those who don't!
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    Jul 28, 2008 7:58 PM GMT
    ShawnTX saidDo you all then boycott Campbell Soup, Scott Paper, JC Penny, General Mills, Pfizer, Chase, IBM, and Corning?


    Besides IBM's dark history durring WW2, IMB is a company that champions gay rights.

    I think there one of the HRC highest ranked companies.

    You can kind of get a feeling about a company and while some companies do have there faults I just get this over whelming sence that EXXON is evil. Rex Tillerson is the devil icon_twisted.gif
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    Jul 28, 2008 8:47 PM GMT
    Sometimes we have no choice but to buy from Esso based on availability of competitors. Between running out of gas, and filling a tank up the choice is obvious. That being said I rarely use them anyways. Shell and Petro Canada are usually the ones I use.
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    Jul 28, 2008 10:44 PM GMT
    ShawnTX saidDo you all then boycott Campbell Soup, Scott Paper, JC Penny, General Mills, Pfizer, Chase, IBM, and Corning?


    I don't buy from most of those coincidentally. But the biggest organization with the worst record on GLBT rights I try to boycott is the US government.
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    Jul 28, 2008 11:07 PM GMT
    When I'm at college every fillup is at an Exxon station (about once every month or two) for convenience.

    For some reason, stuff like this doesn't really bother me.

    I'm sure they dont support same sex marriages because it would cost them more money. Anything they can do to save money, they will do to save money.

    At home I fill up (once a week or more) at Citgo icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 28, 2008 11:07 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie said
    ShawnTX saidDo you all then boycott Campbell Soup, Scott Paper, JC Penny, General Mills, Pfizer, Chase, IBM, and Corning?


    I don't buy from most of those coincidentally. But the biggest organization with the worst record on GLBT rights I try to boycott is the US government.


    It is so easy and simple to condemn the US government. Considering that if you were in Iran, you and everybody else on this site would be lucky to get away with death by public stoning. Attacking and critizing the United States is cowardly because neither the government or the people of this country wil do anything to you.

    I personally boycot CITGO being that it is essentally a state owned enterprise of that marxist murdering monster in Venezula, and Lukeoil because of the fact that Russia has essentally become a autocratic state and I would not support anything that is remotely associated with that monster Putin.
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    Jul 28, 2008 11:09 PM GMT
    Unfortunately in my area, we only have Citgo and Mobil. There are local chains but they buy gas from either and I've had bad experiences with their gas.
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    Jul 28, 2008 11:18 PM GMT
    I believe that the vote for adding nondiscrimination policies for LGBTs at Exxon has been included in every shareholder meeting for the last decade, and each year they get a little bit closer to a majority, but they're still short. See the the linked column on the last vote:
    http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/markets/industries/energy/exxon-shareholders-reject-gay-rights-resolution/-1115453822
    (forgive me for linking to Fox)
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    Jul 28, 2008 11:18 PM GMT
    Philadelphiabound said

    It is so easy and simple to condemn the US government. Considering that if you were in Iran, you and everybody else on this site would be lucky to get away with death by public stoning. Attacking and critizing the United States is cowardly because neither the government or the people of this country wil do anything to you.


    There's never been a case of gay bashing in this country? Wow, good for you guys.
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    Jul 29, 2008 7:57 AM GMT
    ShawnTX saidDo you all then boycott Campbell Soup, Scott Paper, JC Penny, General Mills, Pfizer, Chase, IBM, and Corning?


    I'm curious to know what these companies have done. I was trying to look stuff up but nothing was really popping up and I didn't feel like looking beyond Wiki. icon_neutral.gif
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    Jul 29, 2008 8:48 AM GMT
    Philadelphiabound saidIt is so easy and simple to condemn the US government. Considering that if you were in Iran, you and everybody else on this site would be lucky to get away with death by public stoning. Attacking and critizing the United States is cowardly because neither the government or the people of this country wil do anything to you.
    Hmmm, our bar has been set at Iran now? That I can and do criticize the United States is hardly cowardly; not only is it my Constitutional right, I believe this is the best way to keep our country great. Burying our heads in the sand when our country pulls bullshit is the surest way to turn us into another Iran or Russia.

    This is your country, and the way it works. Get used to it.
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    Jul 29, 2008 10:37 AM GMT
    Thanks for sharing that information. I refuse to purchase from them because of the Exxon Valdez incident and because they tend to be more expensive than everyone else. Now there is an additional reason. It's great to see some one who doesn't fall into that apathetic hole that consumes a lot of gay men & lesbians.

    When Dave Thomas was alive, he reveled in supporting conservative political causes and candidates. This put an end to my love of Wendys' chicken sandwiches.

    I love having conversations with the parents of Boy Scouts at their fund raising events in ultra-conservative Cobb County, GA.

    We live in a country that hasn't kept pace with others on the planet.
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    Jul 29, 2008 11:36 AM GMT
    Here is a link to the 2008 guide for consumers that the Human Rights Campaign puts out every year:

    http://bert5.blogspot.com/2007/11/hrc-consumer-guide-for-2008.html

    I'm glad to see I can start filling up at BP and Chevron, too.