Since the founder of Chick-fil-A came out and publicly opposed same-sex marriage, many people have been forced to take a hard look at what companies they will support. While some of the big conglomerates throw a little money at both sides of the debate in an effort to remain neutral; readers may be shocked to find that just because they’re not as outspoken, some companies make a point to be purposeful about their faith.
Here’s a list of some of the more well known religious companies and how they demonstrate their religious freedom. This list is in no particular order.
1. Tyson Foods - While known as the world’s largest chicken company, it is also known for employing the most chaplains in any work force.
2. Interstate Batteries – Like Tyson Foods, Interstate Batteries also employs its own chaplain. On its companies corporate website the following is listed; “Part of what makes Interstate a unique company is its unabashed mission to conduct business in a way that honors God.
3. Herman Miller – This Michigan-based furniture manufacturer - famous for its Aeron chair - is grounded in the Reformed Protestant tradition, and consistently appears on Fortune's yearly list of The Best Companies to Work for.
4. In-N-Out-Burger – While Chick-fil-A asserts that its recipes come from its strong religious values, In-N-Out Burger also prides itself on its ongoing effort to print Bible scriptures on its packaging.
5. ServiceMaster – Well known to Illinoisans, the company founded by Marion Wade derived its name from the concept of Christianity known as "Service they Master", which continues to be the driving force behind the 5,100 franchises.
6. Hobby Lobby – This privately held chain of arts and crafts stores has amassed more than 500 locations nationwide. It was founded in 1972 by David Green and to this day resonates Hobby Lobby’s ethos, “Honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.”
7. Tom’s of Maine – Many people may be surprised to know that Tom Chappelle received his Master’s Degree at Harvard Divinity School and almost didn’t start Tom’s of Maine in order to work in full-time ministry. With advice of one of his professors, Tom decided to treat his business as ministry.
8. Forever 21 – While this company describes itself a fashion-forward clothing store for young ladies, it markets to another demographic; the Christian community. Like, In-N-Out Burger, Forever 21 also emblazons the bottom of its packaging with the scripture John 3:16.
9. Walmart – Walmart was founded by the Walton family. Sam Walton founded the company in 1962 on the Christian Servant leadership model. The company based its shopping habits on Arkansas churchgoers and developed its business model from there.