Richmond, Virginia
Food Beverage and Tobacco

Corporate Bias Rating

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Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk


Altria Group scored a 100 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, Altria Group increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company covers transgender-related medical costs for its employees and their children and provides specific sexual orientation and gender identity-based benefits. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. Altria Group forces employees to undergo multiple ideological trainings and uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. Altria's CEO signed Catalyst's Champions for Change pledge and the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion pledge. The company is a signatory of the Gender & Diversity KPI Alliance. Altria supports the Equality Act and is a coalition partner of America Competes. The company has donated to the National Urban League and BLM. Altria is a copper sponsor of Out & Equal and a corporate partner of the NGLCC. The company discriminates against religious organizations in its charitable giving. Altria opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. The company is a member of the MCCA, indicating its focus on recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees based on race. Altria donated to the Equality PAC. For these reasons, Altria Group receives a High Risk rating.

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Board Bias

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CEO of Altria

Billy Gifford

Billy Gifford


Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Altria is a member of the Fortune 250 operating in the Food Beverage and Tobacco industry. Billy Gifford and Ian L.T. Clarke serve as CEO/President and Chairman, respectively, leading the company’s C-suite executive team and the board of directors. Amongst these teams, the collective leadership is responsible for $863,920 to Republican causes and $290,551 to Democratic causes. Under their tenure, Altria currently holds a 'High Risk' risk rating.

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Shareholder Proposals

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ESG Category
Summary of ResolutionMgmt RecTotal Vote % in Favor
5/18/23SocialSisters of St. Francis of PhiladelphiaReport on Racial Justice impacts/PlanAgainst30.80%
5/18/23GovernanceTrinity HealthReport on All Political Influence Spending Values CongruencyAgainst10.90%
5/19/22SocialSisters of St. FrancisCivil Rights Equity AuditAgainst62.16%
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