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GENERAL FACTS: Kohl’s is ranked #148 on the 2013 Fortune 500 list of American companies. Its mission is to be the leading family-focused specialty department store. Kohl’s puts corporate emphasis on charity and volunteer work to support women, children and the environment.

POSITIVE: In 2011, Kohl’s eliminated its corporate donations to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America. While Kohl's current non-discrimination policy includes sexual orientation, its low score of 15 on the Human Right Campaign Corporate Equality Index -- tracking the promotion of the homosexual and transgender political and social agenda in the workplace -- indicates a corporate stance that leans toward the natural and traditional family.   

NEGATIVE: Previous comments here have largely been addressed and reflect commendable improvement on the part of Kohl's. For example, while Kohl's has recently improved its record on sponsoring unwholesome entertainment and no longer appears on the Parents Television Council "Worst Advertisers" lists, it continues to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which indirectly funds Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the nation. However, this connection is even one step further removed as the local Wisconsin chapter of Komen that Kohl's supports does not appear to support Planned Parenthood.  

OUTLOOK: Kohl’s mission is to be the leading family-focused specialty department store. It puts corporate emphasis on charity and volunteer work to support women, children and the environment. Kohl’s has improved its ranking for wholesome entertainment and demonstrated its pro-life commitment by cutting support for Planned Parenthood. Its relatively weak promotion of the homosexual and transgender political agenda indicates support for the natural and traditional family.




 Pro Life show details

In 2011, Kohl's removed itself from making corporate donations to Planned Parenthood, the leading abortion business in America.
(http://www.lifenews.com/2011/01/03/kohls-and-mrs-fields-stop-donating-to-planned-parenthood-abortion-biz/
(http://blog.prolifewisconsin.org/2011/01/04/kohls-no-support-of-planned-parenthood-will-occur-from-any-level-of-the-company/)

Kohl’s Cares Women has donated money to support research, education and awareness of breast cancer. Kohl’s donates to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in Southeast Wisconsin.
(http://www.kohlscorporation.com/CommunityRelations/Community0A.htm)

However, any potential connection to Planned Parenthood through Susan G. Komen appears to be even one step further removed as the local Wisconsin chapter of Komen that Kohl's supports does not appear to support Planned Parenthood.  

http://www.komensoutheastwi.org/assets/newsletters/2012-komen-spring-newsletter.pdf


Note: While Susan G. Komen is focused on breast cancer research, some Susan G. Komen affiliate groups have donated money to Planned Parenthood’s breast health/education programs. In recent news, Susan G. Komen dropped funding to Planned Parenthood, but reversed its decision the following day. Susan G. Komen released a statement indicating that they do not fund abortions – all donations are explicitly earmarked for breast-health programs and audited twice a year to ensure compliance. Susan G. Komen also said if they ever discovered donations to Planned Parenthood donations ever being used to fund anything other than breast-health programs, the funding would be pulled immediately. You can read more about the link between Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood at http://ww5.komen.org/Content.aspx?id=16162 



 Non Pornographic Materials show details

Research has not revealed actions that either align with or conflict with a Biblical worldview in this category. Please contact Faith Driven Consumer staff if you have new information about this company and this category.



 Wholesome Entertainment show details

While Kohl's previously advertised on TV shows and movies that portrayed gratuitous sex, violence and foul language -- and in 2010 was ranked by the Parent’s Television Council on its “Terrible Twenty” list of advertisers on TV (http://www.parentstv.org/) -- it no longer makes the list and has responded favorably to input from Faith Driven Consumers to promote more wholesome entertainment and advertising. 




 Philanthropy show details

Kohl’s donates money to various organizations supporting youth interests, women’s health (primarily breast cancer research) and environmental stewardship.

Kohl’s Cares Kids has donated over $180 million to provide immunizations, scholarships and nutrition programs for children. (http://www.kohlscorporation.com/CommunityRelations/Community01A.htm)



 Biblical Sexuality, Marriage and Family show details

While the Kohl's non-discrimination policy currently includes sexual orientation, it received a relatively score of 15 on the Human Right Campaign Corporate Equality Index, which tracks the promotion of the homosexual and transgender political and social agenda in the workplace. Given that higher scores on this scale indicate relatively greater support for homosexual and transgender activist goals, we see this score as indicating a corporate stance that leans toward the natural and traditional family.   




 Corporate Responsibility show details

Kohl’s is dedicated to protecting and conserving the environment by seeking innovative solutions that encourage long-term sustainability. From large-scale initiatives like constructing environmentally friendly buildings to everyday practices like recycling hangers, Kohl’s is taking big steps to ensure it leaves a smaller carbon footprint. Kohl’s is doing several things that focus on recycling and minimizing waste, being more energy efficient, achieving environmental objectives through building design initiatives, and encouraging environmental values among employees and communities it serves.

More detail about each of Kohl’s environmental initiatives can be found at: http://www.kohlsgreenscene.com/index.asp

Kohl’s was named the #1 Retailer for Green Power Purchases, was named 2011 Energy Star partner of the year, and uses 100 percent of power from renewable energy sources. (http://www.kohlsgreenscene.com/Energy/EnergyEfficiency.html)


Kohl’s actively encourages its team members to get involved in charity and community service through “Kohl’s Cares” – a program that organizes employees with volunteer programs for organizations serving youth, women’s health (principally breast cancer), and the environment.
(http://www.kohlscorporation.com/CommunityRelations/Community04.htm)

Kohl’s mission includes being the leading family-focused specialty department store that is convenient and friendly. It offers equal access to business opportunities for minority and women-owned suppliers. (http://www.kohlscorporation.com/Suppliers/Suppliers04.htm)



 Other show details

According to the American Family Association (AFA), Kohl's is a company that uses the term "Christmas" on a regular basis, making it a Christmas-friendly company.
(http://www.afa.net/Detail.aspx?id=2147486887)  



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