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Get Clean with These 7 LGBT-Friendly Brands
It’s that time of year, dreaded by some and anticipated by the world’s neat freaks: Spring Cleaning. If you’re gearing up to give your house a deep clean before the summer influx of friends and family, you’re in luck. An increasing number of large, international cleaning and organization brands are making strides to promote LGBT inclusion and equality both in the workplace and beyond.
We’ve gathered some of our favorite brands–with a little help from the Human Rights Campaign’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index. Shop confidently, knowing that your spring cleaning dollar is going toward LGBT-friendly brands. These LGBT-friendly brands are working to attract and retain LGBT talent and promote LGBT-friendly policies.
In addition to being everyone’s go-to bleach brand, Clorox has maintained a perfect score on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index since 2006. As an LGBT-friendly brand, Clorox continues to push for LGBT equality and representation. In fact, the company’s Vice President of Finance, Tom Johnson, heads the board of directors for Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, an industry group focused on addressing LGBT issues in the workplace.
2. Procter and Gamble
Procter and Gamble, who make household brands like Tide, Dawn, and Bounty, have been advocating for LGBT equality for years. P&G were one of the largest corporate supporters of gay marriage in 2014. Before that, they were a major sponsor of Cincinnati’s pride parade and made strides for LGBT employee protections as early as 1992. With so many products to choose from, Procter and Gamble is an LGBT-friendly brand that’s likely easy to support.
3. Johnson & Johnson
If your medicine cabinet is in need of a refresh, Johnson & Johnson has you covered. This company makes LGBT-friendly brands like Tylenol and Band-Aid, among countless others, and has been relentless in its support for LGBT causes for years. Just last year, an ad for Johnson & Johnson’s Clean & Clear brand featured trans actress Jazz Jennings as part of its “Real Me” campaign. Consider their loyalty program, Everyday Essentials.
4. Colgate Palmolive
Colgate Palmolive, the company behind brands like Murphy’s Oil Soap and Ajax cleaner, is another company that supported marriage equality. While the company hasn’t yet achieved the HRC’s top rating when it comes to workplace equality, it’s continuing to make strides to support its LGBT employees while advocating for LGBT consumers. Colgate Palmolive offers a number of household LGBT-friendly brands.
Looking to get organized? Newell Rubbermaid, known for making plastic containers, trash receptacles, and closet organization solutions, consistently ranks high on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index. It earned a “Best Place to Work” for LGBT employees in 2015. The company is actively trying to recruit and retain more LGBT leaders and workers. The LGBT-friendly brand and is focused on building a more diverse workforce.
Have some heavy-duty scrubbing ahead of you? 3M’s Scotch-Brite brand may already be your go-to, and you can be satisfied (well, as satisfied as it’s possible to be while scrubbing) knowing that the company has changed course since its 2009 support of an anti-LGBT candidate. In the last five years, the company has shifted toward LGBT inclusivity and has become much more proactive in its support of LGBT issues.
We’re not going to tell you where to shop for your household cleaning products. However, we will say that Target’s recent show of support for transgender customers make us more likely to buy from them. The company is facing a (largely ineffective) boycott over its support for transgender restroom access. We think that even more shoppers will support the company for boldly coming out against bigotry and fear.
Clean LGBT-Friendly Brands
Hopefully this guide will help you out as you stock up for a weekend (or more) of mopping floors, cleaning windows, and scrubbing tubs. We hope you won’t mind if we leave the actual cleaning to you, though! Please share our article with your friends and family, so they can support LGBT-friendly brands too.