Avaya

New Jersey
Cloud & Data Storage

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

Avaya has not terminated business relationships due to their views or beliefs, though Avaya does not provide viewpoint protections for employees. The company covers transgender-related medical costs for its employees and their children. Avaya part of the We Are Still In climate coalition, advocates for LGBTQ-related legislation, and has a DEIB Advisory Council. However, Avaya does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving and has not used corporate dollars for ideological purposes. For these reasons, Avaya receives a Medium Risk rating.

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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.

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Rationale

Avaya has not publicly terminated business relationships due to views or beliefs.

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Avaya’s charitable vetting process does not expressly discriminate against religious organizations would otherwise be eligible for charitable donations (1)(2).

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

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Rationale

Avaya does not provide its employees with protections against viewpoint discrimination (1).

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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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Avaya CEO Alan Maserek signed the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion Pledge (1). Avaya supports DEI initiatives through required employee bias training  (2). In 2021, Avaya launched a global Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Advisory Council (3). Avaya hosts Pride events and a celebration of National Coming Out Day,  and the company promotes DEI-related policies on its two blogs, “What It Means to Belong” and “The Importance of Gender-Neutral Language” (4)(5). Avaya implements ESG principles in its business practices through its ESG Program (6). Additionally, Avaya joined We Are Still In, a climate action coalition supporting the Paris Climate Agreement (7).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

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

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Rationale

Avaya’s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company covers transgender related costs for its employees and their children, including paid short-term leave, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, chest surgeries, genital surgeries, medical visits and lab monitoring, travel and lodging (1)(2). By allowing a political stakeholder group to dictate operations, the company increases health care costs and risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders.

Criteria

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

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N/A
Rationale

Avaya does not operate a PAC at this time (1).

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January 11, 2024

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