Intel has said that it will not donate to Boy Scouts of America troops which discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

The chip giant was responding to a The American Independent report which identified Intel as one of the Boy Scouts of America's largest corporate donors in 2010, giving more than $700,000.

The Boys Scouts of America has come under heavy criticism for its ban on openly gay scouts and leaders.

Intel clarified in a statement given to progressive blog Think Progress that the donations were made to local troops and councils, and that the company has already adjusted its policies to ensure recipients align with Intel's nondiscrimination policies, which include sexual orientation.

“Intel and the Intel Foundation give millions of dollars annually to great organizations doing valuable service around the globe,” said Rosalind Hudnell, chief diversity officer at Intel. “Intel has not provided funding to the National Boy Scouts of America organization. The $700,000 in funding from the Intel Foundation was donated to local Boy Scout troops or councils where our employees volunteer their time, through our volunteer matching grants program.”

“In an effort to recognize our employees commitment to the communities we call home, Intel expanded its volunteer matching grants program in 2009. Through it, Intel matches the amount of time employees' volunteer with non-profits with dollars from the Intel Foundation. Due to significant growth in the number of organizations funded, earlier this year we revisited our policies associated with the program, and applied new rigor that requires any organization to confirm that it adheres to Intel’s anti-discrimination policy in order to receive funding,” she added.