Corprate Bias Ratings
Beam Suntory vets vendors for LGBTQ policies and does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees. However, Beam Suntory has not publicly terminated business relationships due to views or beliefs. The company covers the cost of "medically necessary transition-related care” for its employees and their children. Beam Suntory donates to LGBTQ organizations and sponsored the creation of LGBTQ-focused publications. Its CEO has signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge. However, the company has not discriminated against religious organizations in its charitable giving or used its political contributions for ideological purposes. For these reasons, Beam Suntory receives a Medium Risk rating.
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.
Beam Suntory, Inc. received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Among other requirements, this means Beam Suntory has pledged to vet vendors based on LGBTQ policies (1)(2)(3)(4). However, the company has not publicly terminated employees or suppliers over views or beliefs.
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Beam Suntory supports LGBTQ+ ideological causes through annual Pride Celebrations, which include decorating distilleries and offices (1)(2)(3). Beam Suntory also sponsored the creation of an LGBTQ-focused publication in Cincinnati (4). Its CEO signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, which includes a commitment to promote DEI through bias education training in the workplace (5). Beam Suntory released a statement following the death of George Floyd condemning racism and promoting DEI initiatives (6).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
Beam Suntory 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). After the death of George Floyd, Beam Suntory “committed to financially supporting the important work of leading social justice organizations” (3). In October 2020, Beam Suntory brand, Courvoisier Cognac, partnered with the National Urban League to provide $1 million to black-owned businesses over 5 years (4). Beam Suntory started the STEPUP Foundation to help individuals of different “races, color, national origins, genders, disabilities, and sexual orientations” acquire skills and industry experience (5). Beam Suntory brand Hornitos has donated to GLAAD, an LGBTQ organization (6). Courvoisier has partnered with the National Urban League, though the partnership was mission-focused and designed to provide opportunities for black-owned businesses (7).
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November 28, 2023
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