Alliant Energy

Wisconsin
Energy, Utilities

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

Alliant Energy embraces ESG priorities. Alliant Energy vets vendors according to LGBTQ policies and does not provide its employees with protections against viewpoint discrimination, but has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. The company covers the cost of "medically necessary transition-related care” for its employees and their children. Alliant Energy discriminates against religious organizations in its charitable giving, and its CEO has signed the CEOs for Action and Diversity pledge. However, it has not used its reputation or PAC contributions for ideological purposes. For this reason, Alliant Energy receives a Medium Risk rating.

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Corporate Weaponization
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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.

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Alliant Energy has received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Among other requirements, this indicates the company has a written policy pledging to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies (1). Alliant Energy has integrated ESG into its business practices and monitors suppliers for environmental criteria (2). Alliant Energy has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on views or beliefs.

Criteria

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

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Rationale

Alliant Energy has a foundation that does not consider religious organizations in its charitable giving guidelines (1). Alliant Energy does offer an employee matching program but does not clearly express its eligibility guidelines (2)(3).

Criteria

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

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Rationale

Alliant Energy does not provide viewpoint protections to its employees (1).

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

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Alliant Energy 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 CEO of Alliant Energy has signed the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion pledge (3). Alliant Energy has posted a blog post on its website in celebration of Pride Month, as well as a Pride Month celebration post on its corporate Facebook account (4)(5). The CEO of Alliant Energy, John Larsen, is a member of the Business Roundtable and signed its 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism over traditional obligations to shareholders and customers (6)(7).

Criteria

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

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Alliant Energy does not use corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies.

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

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Alliant Energy uses its PAC to donate in a bipartisan manner that is consistent with its business interests (1)(2).

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November 28, 2023

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