Baker & McKenzie

Illinois
Legal

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

Baker McKenzie vets vendors for LGBTQ policies and does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees. However, it 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. Baker McKenzie introduced a Pregnancy Loss Policy that pays women after they have received an abortion. The company prioritizes diversity throughout its business structure. Backer McKenzie supports the Equality Act and frequently uses its reputation to promote LGBTQ Pride. For these reasons, Baker McKenzie receives a Medium Risk rating.

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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

Baker McKenzie LLP received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index. Among other requirements, this means the company has a written policy pledging to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies (1)(2). The company prioritizes diversity in its recruitment, hiring, promotion, and leadership composition (3). However, Baker McKenzie has not publicly terminated business relationships due to political views or religious beliefs.

Criteria

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

Risk Level
N/A
Rationale

Baker McKenzie does not publish charitable giving guidelines (1). Baker McKenzie does not have an employee matching program (2).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Baker McKenzie does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (1).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

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

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Rationale

Baker McKenzie is a member of the Business Coalition for the Equality Act (1). Global Chair Milton Cheng signed Catalyst’s CEO’s Champion for Change, which advocates for prioritizing diversity in corporate leadership composition (2). Baker McKenzie is a member of the Net Zero Lawyer’s Alliance and is committed to carbon neutrality by 2050. The company integrates DEI into all of its business practices. It has instituted an anti-racism education program and claims DEI is “crucial to [its] Firm and its strategy” (3). The company frequently uses its reputation to promote LGBTQ Pride (4)(5)(6)(7)(8).

Criteria

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

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Rationale

Baker McKenzie instituted a policy that pays women after they have experienced pregnancy loss, including abortion. “… employees who have been affected by pregnancy loss, which includes miscarriage, still-birth, neo-natal loss, unsuccessful fertility treatment and abortion (including partners and those with a surrogate mother) will be eligible for up to at least 5 days’ leave, fully paid” (1). The company 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 (2)(3). Baker McKenzie has a partnership with The Chancery Lane Project, an organization that works to combat climate change (4).

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

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N/A
Rationale

Baker McKenzie does not operate a PAC or engage in lobbying at this time (1)(2).

All links were last accessed and all information was updated on:
November 28, 2023

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