Hobby Lobby Media Information and Fact Sheet
Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.
- Founded by David Green in an Oklahoma City garage in 1972, Hobby Lobby has grown from one 300-square-foot retail store into more than 500 stores in 41 states. The company was built from the ground up, and it now employs more than 22,500 individuals nationwide.
- David Green serves as CEO and founder and his son, Steve Green, serves as Hobby Lobby’s president.
- Hobby Lobby’s headquarters are located in an approximately 5.2 million-square-foot manufacturing, distribution and office complex in Oklahoma City.
- The Green family believes that “it is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured.” Therefore they seek to honor God by “operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.”
- The Greens are consistently faithful to what they believe, in both their personal and professional lives. The Green family owns the world’s largest collection of Biblical antiquities, and the family is a generous contributor to numerous Christian organizations across the nation and the world.
- In honoring those Biblical principles in business, the company’s stores are open only 66 hours per week, and they are closed on Sundays to allow employees to spend time with their families.
- The Green family believes in sharing its faith, so the company also places full-page ads at Christmas and Easter in all of the major cities where they operate in order to share the company’s convictions.
- In 2010, Founder and CEO David Green and his wife, Barbara, signed on to the Giving Pledge, agreeing to donate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. In the letter, Green said, “We honor the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles. From helping orphanages in faraway lands to helping ministries in America, Hobby Lobby has always been a tool for the Lord’s work. For me and my family, charity equals ministry, which equals the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
- The Green family employs company chaplains to minister to employees’ personal needs.
- Hobby Lobby also provides generously for their employees.
- Hobby Lobby increased the minimum wage of its full-time employees each year since 2009. As of April 2012, full-time hourly employees start at $13 per hour– more than 80 percent above the federal minimum wage, and part-time hourly employees make $9 per hour.
- Hobby Lobby offers an on-site health clinic at its headquarters that is open to all full-time employees of Hobby Lobby and its affiliated businesses, including employees’ spouses and dependents who are covered under the company’s health insurance plan. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and employees covered under Hobby Lobby’s health insurance plan have no co-pay for a clinic office visit.
Hobby Lobby Lawsuit Against HHS Mandates
- Hobby Lobby is one of few companies adding jobs during recession, and the government is penalizing them. The government is penalizing the job creators.
- On September 12, 2012, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, on behalf of Hobby Lobby, filed a lawsuit against the Health and Human Services Mandate, which forces the Green family to violate their Biblical principals by providing drugs considered to be abortion-inducing drugs—namely the “morning after pill” and “week after pill,” or pay severe fines.
- If Hobby Lobby does not comply with the HHS Mandate, they will be forced to pay fines to the IRS.
- Hobby Lobby is the largest and first non-Catholic-owned corporation to sue over the HHS Mandate, and is the fifth for-profit case overall. There are also 22 non-profit religious organizations suing.
- Unlike the Catholic for-profit organizations, Hobby Lobby does not object to the contraception requirement in the mandate, but morally objects to providing the “morning-after pill” and “week-after pill” to their employees, in violation of their Biblical principles.
Read more about the HHS mandate and all 27 current lawsuits.