Henri Bendel is an upscale specialty store that sells handbags, jewelry, cosmetics, and fragrances. It is part of L Brands, known as Limited Brands until March 2013. L Brands is also the parent company for Bath and Body Works, Pink, Victoria’s Secret, and La Senza. (L Brands Website, www.lb.com, Accessed 5/13/14)
Limited Brands Foundation funds the National Urban League and the YWCA, both are part of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. According to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, “The insurrectionist ideology promoted by the NRA and other pro-gun groups is corrosive to the democratic values and institutions that protect the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.” In 2011, the foundation made a donation to the League of Women Voters who supports federal measures to limit accessibility and ownership of firearms by private citizens. (Limited Brands Foundation Tax Form 990, www.guidestar.org, 2011) (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence Website, http://csgv.org/about-us/member-organizations/, Accessed 11/20/13) (Coalition To Stop Gun Violence Website, http://csgv.org/issues/, Accessed 11/20/13) (League of Women Voters Website, http://www.lwv.org/content/gun-control, Accessed 5/7/14)
In 2004, Limited Brands Foundation opposed Ohio’s State Issue 1, a constitutional amendment to limit marriage to a man and a woman. Limited Brands received a score of 95 on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index. (HRC 2016 Corporate Equality Index, www.hrc.org, Accessed 12/16/15) (Darrel Rowland, www.dispatch.com, The Columbus Dispatch, 10/4/04) (Limited Brands Foundation Tax Form 990, www.guidestar.org, 2011)
Limited Brands Foundation has given Planned Parenthood. In addition, they have supported Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and United Way, both of which funded Planned Parenthood programs. In 2011, the Limited Brands Foundation donated to the League of Women Voters who has supported pro-choice policies for over two decades. However, the Limited Brands Foundation has also given to the Salvation Army, a pro-life organization. (Limited Brands Foundation Tax Form 990, www.guidestar.org, 2011) (Susan G. Komen Website, http://ww5.komen.org/, Accessed 11/20/13) (United Way Website, http://www.unitedway.org, Accessed 8/2/13) (League of Women Voters Website, http://www.lwv.org/files/Impact-on-Issues-2012-2014.pdf, Accessed 5/7/14) (The Salvation Army Website, http://www1.salvationarmy.org/, Accessed 1/18/14)
Henri Bendel has remained neutral on the issue of education.