Ares Management Corporation

Guitar Center, Ares SSG, Landmark Partners, Black Creek Group LLC, SLR Consulting, Allied Capital
California
Accounting Payroll & HR Services, Commercial and Professional Services

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High Risk

Summary:

Ares Management scored a 100 out of 100 on the 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, Ares Management 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. Ares Management 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. Ares is a PCAF member and a corporate partner of the NGLCC. The company partners with "Out for Undergrad" an LGBTQ2+ undergrad conference network and is a member of "Out Investors", an LGBT+ investment professionals' network. Ares supports ESG within its business practices. The company is a signatory of the Institutional Limited Partners Association’s Diversity in Action Initiative, committing itself to specific actions that advance DEI within the governance and policies of the organization and the private equity industry more broadly. Ares Management's CEO, Michael Arougheti, signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, which includes a commitment to promote DEI through bias education training in the workplace. The company supports the Equality Act. For these reasons, Ares Management Corporation receives a High Risk rating.

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