Case 35: Kodak Reverse Discrimination
Part (3) - Minority Causes

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kodaquotas_sml.gif (6057 bytes) (3) Kodak's Funding and Involvement with Preferred Minority Causes

Web Posted July 18, 2003
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NEWS UPDATE - On Jan. 19, 2012 Kodak filed for bankruptcy. The once mighty photo giant -- which pioneered high quality film and inexpensive cameras for the masses -- succumbed to competition from digitial media and was slow to adapt to the changing, digital market. One has to wonder if Kodak would have fared better if it had paid more attention to running its business, and to hiring the best qualified employees without regard to their race, gender or sexual orientation. -- Editor.

KODAK STATEMENT: "Among the diverse organizations we proudly support are:
National Association for the Advancement Colored People (NAACP), National Urban League, National Council of La Raza, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, GLSEN (Gay/Lesbian/Straight Education Network), the Society of Women Engineers, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, United Negro College Fund, Asociacioa Desportiva Para Deficientes, Spelman College, European Breast Cancer Coalition, National Organization on Disability, and many others." -- Kodak 2002 Annual Report
[See Note 7]

          None of the organizations funded by Kodak or to which Kodak belongs promote European American culture or conservative values.  In fact, most of the organizations funded by Kodak are overtly hostile toward European American culture and conservative values.

          Most of the scholarships funded by Kodak go to preferred minorities -- at least those scholarships which Kodak chooses to publicize.

          Adversity.Net has not been able to identify a single organization or charity funded by Kodak that believes in the concept of equal treatment under the law without regard to race, gender or ethnicity.

KodaQuota Story Index:

1. Introduction and Background
2. $13 Million Non-settlement
3. Funding and Involvement with Preferred Minority Causes (this page)
4. Intolerance of Diversity of Opinion
5. Supplier Diversity Program

          All of the evidence indicates that Kodak actively promotes unfair and unequal treatment based on race, gender or ethnicity.


KodaQuota Diversity Memberships and Donations
(To be expanded as other information becomes available.)

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation:  Kodak is a member of the Information Technology Industry Council of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), an ultra-liberal political group which promotes racial preferences, quotas, and other special treatment based upon skin color. [See Note 2]

Bill Clinton Diversity Initiative:  Kodak pledged $10 million (at $1 million per year for the next ten years) to create internships, scholarships, job training, and math and science programs for women, minorities, and disabled people.

          Kodak was one of 25 corporations who made this commitment at a Bill Clinton Diversity Love Fest in the Spring of 2000.

The George Eastman House
The ancestral home of founder George Eastman on Rochester's tony East Avenue.

          Bill Clinton told Kodak and the other assembled diversiphiles "The point is, it won't diminish white guys. It'll make life more interesting.  But the struggle is to understand it that way.  This is not a matter of homogenizing this country. It's a matter of celebrating, relishing our differences."

          Kodak CEO George Fisher was named to head this effort. [See Note 3]

 

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME):  Kodak's Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Vice President, Mr. Michael P. Morley, is the chairman of this organization.   Kodak also provided over $50,000 to fund the organization. [See Note 4]

 

Race-Based Kodak Scholarships:  Over the course of 2002 and 2003 Kodak has made $440,000 in race-based scholarship awards to aspiring, college-bound preferred minorities living in the Rochester, NY area. 

          In 2002, Kodak awarded $200,000 in race-based scholarships:

  • $40,000 to Melissa Gao, from the Kodak-Asia Pacific Exchange (APEX) Scholarship.
  • $40,000 to Amanda General, from the Kodak-Native American at Kodak (NACK) Scholarship.
  • $40,000 to Jeffrey Betancourt, from the Kodak-Program in Rochester to Interest Students in Science and Math (PRIS2M) Scholarship.
  • $40,000 to Michael Perez from the Kodak-Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers Scholarship.
  • $40,000 to Justin Burley, from the Kodak-Urban League of Rochester Scholarship.

          In 2003, Kodak awarded a total of $240,000 in race-based scholarships to six Rochester area students, as follows:

  • $40,000 to Lyndsey Bunting from the Kodak-Asia Pacific Exchange (APEX) Scholarship.
  • $40,000 to Kira McKinney from the Kodak-Native American Council at Kodak (NACK) Scholarship.
  • $40,000 to Janeese Stevenson from the Kodak-Program in Rochester to Interest Students in Science and Math (PRIS2M) Scholarship.
  • $40,000 to Lisa Tumia from the Kodak Rochester-Area Scholarship.
  • $40,000 to Catrina Joos from the Kodak-Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers Scholarship.
  • $40,000 to Nelson McNeil from the Kodak-Urban League of Rochester Scholarship. [See Note 5]

MORE Kodak race-based Scholarships:

In addition to the above, on December 10, 2001 Kodak made the following, official race-based scholarship offer on their web site:

"Applications Available for Kodak's Minority Scholarships"

"ROCHESTER, N.Y., December 10 -- Rochester-area high school students who are African Americans, Alaskan Natives, Asians, Hispanics and Native Americans may apply for Kodak's scholarships through APEX (Asian Pacific Exchange at Kodak), the Urban League of Rochester, PRISM (Program in Rochester to Interest Students in Science and Math), SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) or NACK (Native American Council at Kodak).

  • "Applicant must be entering a bachelor degree program at an approved college or university in the fall of 2002 immediately after graduation from high school.
  • "Applicant must have demonstrated high academic achievement.
  • "Applicant must have scored a minimum of 1000 in SAT, and a minimum of 21 in ACT.
  • "Applicant must pursue a career in one of the following areas: Accounting; Chemical Engineering; Chemistry; Computer Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical Engineering; Finance; Information Systems; Logistics/Supply Chain; Manufacturing Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Optical Engineering; Optics Science and Software Engineering.

"Applications are available at the guidance office of area high schools, or by calling:

"Mimi Lee, APEX, at 724-9388

"Annette Rouse, Urban League of Rochester, at 325-6530

"Milladge Griffin, PRISM, at 244-8835 ext. 3048

"Wanda Trevino, SHPE, at 724-9981

"Jan Loope, NACK, 724-1955

"Catherine Cliff, Kodak Staffing, at 781-1454"

Last known link to Kodak's 12/10/01 race-based scholarship announcement:
http://www.kodak.com/US/en/corp/pressReleases/pr20011210-01.shtml

National Museum of African Arts:  Kodak announced a $200,000 donation to the National Museum of African Arts on the 15th anniversary of that museum.  It operates under the umbrella of the Smithsonian Institution.

          Kodak CEO Daniel A. Carp said "We are pleased to help the Smithsonian build and exciting new portal to its fascinating collection of African art for the hundreds of thousands that visit each year.  Through the sharing of art and artifact, the museum's mission complements Kodak's commitment to expanding multicultural understanding." [See Note 6]


KodaQuota Diversity Accolades and Awards
Part I
Excerpted in part from the Joe Kovacs article
in WorldNetDaily.com Oct. 24, 2002

Kodak manufacturing facility at Kodak Park
Kodak's manufacturing facility at Kodak Park
          Kodak's list of accolades and awards from the group preferences crowd reveals a culture of unequal opportunity and exclusion

          At Kodak, the very definition of equal opportunity and inclusion depends entirely upon your skin color and sexual orientation.

  • 10 Best Places for Lesbians to Work (1999). Kodak was given the above recognition by Girlfriends magazine, a national lesbian publication.
  • Diversity 100 (1999). Kodak was identified by Next Step magazine as taking the lead in addressing diversity, and was acknowledged for its commitment to building and managing a diverse workforce.
  • GFN.com 50 (1999). The Gay Financial Network identified Kodak as No. 28 on the 1999 "GFN.com 50," its list of the 50 most powerful and gay-friendly publicly traded companies in the Fortune 500.
  • National Partnership for Reinventing Government Diversity Best Practices (1999) Kodak was one of 11 companies selected for Vice President Al Gore's National Partnership for the Reinventing Government benchmarking study on best practices: Achieving workforce diversity.
  • Top 25 Companies for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Employees (1999) Kodak was recognized by The Advocate magazine as one of the 25 top companies that provide a good working atmosphere for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered employees.
  • And just this year, Kodak was one of 13 companies that earned a perfect rating of 100 percent in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's first Corporate Equality Index. The index rates large corporations on policies affecting their "gay," lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, investors and consumers. The others sharing top honors were Aetna, American Airlines, Apple Computers, Avaya, Intel, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Lucent Technologies, NCR, Nike, Replacements Ltd., Worldspan and Xerox.  [See Note 1]

KodaQuota Diversity Accolades and Awards
Part II

Quoted directly from Kodak's 2002 Annual Report

          As in previous years, Kodak's diversity journey was recognized by many external organizations in 2002. For example:

  • Kodak was named to Fortune magazine's annual list of 50 Top Companies for Minorities.
  • In its annual list of Most Admired Companies, Fortune ranked Kodak in the top ten in the category of Social Responsibility.
  • Latina Style magazine named Kodak among the top 50 companies in providing professional opportunities for Hispanic women.
  • Working Woman magazine named Kodak among the top 30 companies for supplier diversity.
  • The Human Rights Campaign gave Kodak a perfect score on its Corporate Equality Index because of policies that support gay employees.
  • Working Mother magazine named Kodak among the 100 Best Companies for working mothers.
  • In addition, Kodak Park has had measurable success with its Winning and Inclusive Culture initiative, which is driving culture change and strengthening leadership. This initiative was recently recognized as a "leading edge" process in a cover story in Human Resource Executive magazine. [See Note 8]

Notes, References and Links:

Note 1-- Last known link(s) to the WorldNetDaily report:
Original:
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=29394

Copy of article:
http://www.dittohead.org/kodak_fires_over_gay_stance.%20html (some browsers may have trouble with this tag)

See also cached Google Link to same story:
http://216.239.39.100/search?q=cache:GiYvuAjLiS4J:
www.dittohead.org/kodak_fires_over_gay_stance.
%2520html+kodak+diversity&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

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Note 2 -- Last known link to the June/July 2002 issue of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation:
http://www.cbcfonline.org/pdf/junejuly2002.pdf

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Note 3 -- Last known link to a copy of the Apr. 7, 2000 Bergen Record article "Clinton Preaches Diversity" by Sonya Ross of the Associated Press (the original Bergen Record publication is no longer available online):
http://www.freedomsite.org/pipermail/fs_discussion/2000-April/000151.html
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Note 4 -- Last known link to the 2002 annual report of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering:
http://www.nacme.org/pdf/AnnualReport2002.pdf
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Note 5 -- Last known link to Kodak's listing of scholarship awards.  (NOTE: The 2002 scholarships no longer appear at the following link; at this writing the link displays only the 2003 scholarships.)
http://www.kodak.com/US/en/corp/communityRelations/minorityScholars.shtml
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Note 6 -- Last known link to Kodak's press release about the African Arts grant/award:
http://www.kodak.com/US/en/corp/communityRelations/awardAfricanArts.shtml
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Note 7 -- Last known link to Kodak 2002 annual report, page 3:
http://wwwfi.kodak.com/US/en/corp/annualReport02/corpInfo/diversity/diversity3.shtml
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Note 8 -- Same as 7.   Last known link to Kodak 2002 annual report, page 3:
http://wwwfi.kodak.com/US/en/corp/annualReport02/corpInfo/diversity/diversity3.shtml
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