There is a saying, all money ain’t good money, and the workers for Wayfair Inc., which is an American e-commerce company that sells home goods, according to their website, agreed with that statement.
Here is the deal!
According to CBS, Wayfair’s employees learned they sold around $200,000 worth of bedroom furniture to BCFS, a nonprofit government contractor, for use in a 3,000-person detention camp in Carrizo Springs, Texas. BCFS also operated a now-shuttered tent city in Tornillo, Texas, until early this year.
After discovering the sale, more than 500 workers wrote to Wayfair management asking them to stop doing business with BCFS. After dropping the letter – like a hot track on Twitter, they did a protest that looks like a major hip hop artist’s concert crowd. It was banging. I am here for all of it.
The employees made a difference. Before the protest, Wayfair’s founder offered to donate $100,000 to the Red Cross “to help those in dire need of necessities at the border,” the Boston Globe reported. But that fell short of what employees wanted—an end to doing business with companies involved in the migrant holding facilities and a donation of the reported $86,000 profit from the sale to Raices, a legal services nonprofit that works with immigrants.
Stand by your goal, Wayfair Workers. You are the right side of history. And Wayfair’s leadership should thank the worker, who protested because of your righteous action, the stocks may go down, but people will not boycott. But Wayfair leadership may soon discover the consequences of doing business with a company without principles. It’s a fact; all money ain’t good money.
Tara J., advocate with a hip hop twist, and together, we can “do more than scratch the surface.”