b_corporatewatch_sConcerned Women for America reported recently on trends toward “supplier diversity initiatives,” which corporations are using to encourage “diversity” among their supplier bases. Suppliers are being pressured to report breakdowns of their staffs along lines including those of “sexual orientation.” This is seen as another tactic homosexual activists are using to force acceptance and approval of their behaviour in the corporate world.

The American Family Association is pressuring Procter and Gamble, which owns the long-running television soap opera As the World Turns, to remove a homosexual couple from the daytime program. The program was the first daytime soap to depict two homosexual men kissing.

The AFA has also declared as suspended a two-year boycott of the Ford Motor Companyover the automaker’s aggressive pro-homosexual policies. The association said Ford is meeting conditions of a 2005 agreement. During the boycott, Ford’s sales dropped an average of 8 per cent a month.

But another automaker, General Motors, has decided to help promote the homosexual agenda, says the AFA, by advertising in homosexual publications, including The Advocate, and on the gay U.S. TV channel LOGO’s program, Adam and Steve.

Meanwhile, McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner said in April his company will aggressively promote the homosexual agenda. Upon joining the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, its vice-president of communications, Richard Ellis, joined the NGLCC’s board of directors.

Toronto’s first job fair for gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals and the “trans-gendered” was held this past March. Among the participants were TD Canada Trust, the Delta Chelsea Hotel,Toronto Police Services and the Kingston Police Department.

Canada’s biggest banks are reported to be hastening their pursuit of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and “trans-gendered” clients. The Bank of Montreal has opened a second branch in Toronto’s “gay village.” TD Waterhouse, meanwhile, is heavily involved in gay and lesbian philanthropy and held an event for “high net worth members of the GLBT community” this spring. CIBC has established an employee-led affinity group and supports gay and lesbian community programs. Hamilton-based Reeves Financial Services and the Assiniboine Credit Union in Winnipeg also cater to the financial needs of homosexuals.

While many U.S. businesses cave in to various objectionable agendas and are open for business seven days a week, there are exceptions. The Chick-fil-A franchise bases its business philosophy on biblical principles and remains closed on Sundays. Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts chain, does the same. Intel sponsors employee-based religious networks, while Deloitte and Touche offers employee prayer groups. Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Wal-Mart hire chaplains to minister to their employees. A study has found that companies using spiritual techniques for their employees improve productivity and reduce turnover.

A U.K. Christian group is suing internet search giant Google for refusing to take pro-life advertisements. The Christian Institute wanted to pay Google so that a link would appear whenever someone used the word “abortion” as a search term. Google said it has a policy of refusing sites that “mix” the abortion issue and religious views.

Financial Post report describes how companies such as IBM, Xerox, Delta Hotels, Air Canada, VIA Rail and banks including Toronto-Dominion, ING and Desjardins are supporting gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and trans-gendered “diversity.” Meanwhile, Toronto-Dominion, Telus Corp., Virgin Mobile, Nivea for Men and Rogers Wireless Inc. have been key in expanding advertising in homosexual media. Japanese carmaker Subaru has been doing gay and lesbian outreach for 13 years and does targeted ads that feature same-sex couples. General Electric Co. has run a three-page print campaign featuring “designing couple” John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross.

Officials with the Marriott International hotel chain agreed to meet with pro-family leaders to discuss its policy of selling in-room pornography on some of its properties. Marriott contracts with Lodgenet Interactive Corp. to provide the material. It marked the first time a major hospitality corporation agreed to meet with pro-family groups on the issue.

Sponsors of the May 15-25 Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival included: TD Canada trust, Fido, the Toronto StarVIA Rail Canada, CIBC, Cineplex Media, theNational Film Board, the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and Imperial Tobacco.

Sponsors of a “Big Gay Wedding on Top of the World” at Toronto’s CN Tower recently included Cherish event management, Tip Top Tailors and the CN Tower.

The Sienna Group, which offers a variety of telephone, mobile phone and internet services, has donated nearly $1 million to the pro-life cause and some 2,000 other charities since its founding in 1996 by three Catholic, pro-life young men. LifeSiteNews has been one of the beneficiaries of Sienna’s proceeds.

Walsh Construction backed out of plans to build a new 44,000-square-foot Planned Parenthood site in Portland Ore. following concerted opposition from local pro-life groups. The resistance also caused Ankrom Moisan Architects of Portland to delay completion of construction plans.