Abercrombie & Fitch

Hollister
Ohio
Retailing

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

Though Abercrombie and Fitch (A&F) has pledged to vet vendors for LGBTQ+ policy, the company implicitly provides viewpoint protections for its employees and suppliers and has not publicly terminated business relationships due to views or beliefs. A&F supports the Equality Act and covers the cost of "medically necessary transition-related care" for its employees and their children. The company has donated to organizations such as GLSEN and the Trevor Project. However, the company does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving and has not used its PAC contributions for ideological purposes. For these reasons, A&F receives a Medium Risk rating.

Criteria
Risk Level
Rationale
Corporate Weaponization
Criteria

Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.

Risk Level
Rationale

A&F received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign. Among other requirements, this means the company has pledged to vet vendors based on LGBTQ policies (1). There are no publicly known cases of A&F terminating business relationships due to religious or political beliefs.

Criteria

Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.

Risk Level
Rationale

A&F does not have a rule prohibiting donations to faith-based organizations and supports faith-based charities such as Habitat for Humanity (1).

Criteria

Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.

Risk Level
Rationale

While A&F’s Code of Conduct does not explicitly protect its employees from viewpoint discrimination, the company’s Vendor Code of Conduct requires suppliers not to discriminate on political opinion or affiliation. Such protections are “aligned with A&F’s principles and values” (1)(2).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.

Risk Level
Rationale

A&F has a perfect score on the HRC’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index. This score indicates the company covers the cost of “medically necessary transition-related care” for its employees and their children (1)(2). The company advocates for the Equality Act and¬†features items in accordance with the Trevor Project, such as “Pride Hoodie,” “Pride Fierce Cologne,” and “Pride Pins” (3)(4). A&F has launched the Abercrombie Equity Project to “actively recruit and hire in an effort to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace that improves upon industry statistics,” implying the presence of unconscious bias training (5).

Criteria

Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.

Risk Level
Rationale

A&F is a regular supporter of the Trevor Project, which has advocated for the inclusion of children in various gender- and sexuality-related movements (1). A&F also donates to GLSEN (2).

Criteria

Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.

Risk Level
Rationale

A&F has not used its PAC for ideological purposes (1).

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November 27, 2023

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