'Lutheran' investor props up strip clubs

Dump your strip shares - our call to Thrivent

US-based investment firm Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has quietly sold off nearly 10,000 shares - nearly a million dollars worth - in strip club company RCI Hospitality Holdings (NASDAQ: $RICK) after Collective Shout campaigner and CSR advisor Lyn Swanson Kennedy called on them to divest. 

We were surprised when we discovered Thrivent - a company with particular appeal to faith-based and ethically motivated investors - was propping up and profiting from the sale of women’s bodies as men’s sexual entertainment.

2022 Event organised by Thrivent Member Network (Northeast Region)

We wondered if Thrivent's clients (and financial advisers!) were aware it had used their hard-earned dollars to purchase ownership in 40+ strip club venues situated across the United States. 

RCIHH ($RICK) CEO Eric Langan, Source: Rio Joe Show

We called them out.

Last November, Lyn tweeted Thrivent to ask which of its values were upheld by its investment in RCIHH strip clubs. 

Thrivent did not respond.

So Lyn exposed a range of sexploitation activities Thrivent was propping up through its investment - including recruitment of young, female college students for ‘amateur’ strip nights.

She said it was unclear how investment in RCI Hospitality Holdings aligned with Thrivent’s mission to help clients and future generations “Thrive with Purpose”, or with its long-standing reputation as a ‘world’s most ethical company’ (as awarded by global leader in ethical business practices Ethisphere).

We tracked down some corporate execs and directors on LinkedIn and asked them what they thought of Thrivent’s strip club investment.

Some of our comments disappeared. When our Engagement Coordinator Coralie Alison asked a Thrivent executive about the company's strip club investment on Twitter, Thrivent responded by blocking her.

To date, Thrivent has not responded to our requests for comment.

WIN: Thrivent for Lutherans (quietly) dumps $RICK shares

In February, we discovered Thrivent's sharehold in $RICK had been changed to 'Sold Out' (Source: Nasdaq).

Fintel reported on Thrivent's share sell-off:

On February 8, 2023 - Thrivent Financial For Lutherans filed a 13F-HR form disclosing ownership of 0 shares of RCI Hospitality Holdings Inc (US: RICK) valued at $0 USD as of December 31, 2022. The entity filed a previous 13F-HR on November 14, 2022 disclosing 9,758 shares of RCI Hospitality Holdings Inc. This represents a change in shares of -100.00% during the quarter. The current value of the position is $0 USD.

Records show heavy divestment of strip club shares from other Thrivent-owned portfolios.

Thrivent STILL a strip club owner

Thrivent maintains its ownership in RCIHH strip clubs, reportedly through company shares floated on the German stock exchange (trade code: RIK.DE). 

At the time of writing, Thrivent held 7,500 RCI Hospitality Holdings shares across its portfolios.

We were pleased to learn Thrivent dumped a significant proportion of its strip club shares. Why did they buy the shares in the first place? And why are they still propping up and profiting from activities which harm women and girls?

Thrivent needs to match its corporate values with action by divesting fully from RCIHH.

Take action:

Tell Thrivent to dump its RCI Hospitality Holdings shares:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Thrivent

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thrivent

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thrivent/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thrivent/

Let us know if you get a response.

See also

Tavern submits application to exploit women

Stop propping up sexploitation - our message to Playboy investors

Invested in sexploitation: Our letter to Etsy shareholders

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  • Coralie Alison
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