One of the more gratifying aspects of social action by people of conscience is to see the many success stories that result from such efforts. In this installment of The Interim’s occasional corporate watch feature, we’ll take a look at some of these positive accounts, as well as continuing areas of concern.

Credit card company VISA drew kudos recently after it took steps to sever ties with illegal, pornographic internet sites. The Christian Science Monitor publication reported that VISA searched one million webpages a day, compiled a list of internet-based distributors of child pornography who were using its credit cards and alerted various police forces. As a result, some 400 child porn sites were discovered, and 80 per cent were shut down by police or had their pay privileges revoked.

Life Decisions International reports that Disney and American Express have been removed from its boycott list because both have discontinued their funding of the Planned Parenthood organization. In doing so, the two corporations join more than 87 others that have ceased supporting the organization that performs and supports abortions.

Eastman Kodak Co., which fired a 23-year employee last October after he objected to a pro-homosexual memo, has been taking severe financial hits lately, leading to the elimination of about 2,000 jobs costing $100 million. The corporation – which was listed in 1999 among the top 25 companies for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered employees” by Advocate magazine – has seen its sales drop for three straight years. One analyst says Kodak faces “technological obsolescence.”

The Bay, which has served as a “bronze” and “platinum” sponsor for the homosexually oriented Pride Toronto event, is ending its sponsorship of both the Toronto and Montreal Pride exhibitions. The corporation reportedly “re-evaluated” its marketing strategy before making the decision.

U.S. oil giants ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil have removed sexual orientation from their non-discrimination policies. The Texas-based Freedom Foundation called the moves serious reversals for homosexual activist groups and their tactics.

The Cincinnati Oh.-based group Citizens for Community Values has been successful in having seven hotels in greater Cincinnati drop the reception of hard-core pornography in their hotels. The moves are estimated to have cost the pornography industry $300,000 in lost revenues.

The Australian group Federation for the Family has been successful in getting Playboymagazine to pull out the country, as well as to reduce the number of businesses offering pornographic messages by telephone from thousands to just 11. The group’s director noted that it takes only a few committed Christians to make a difference.