Best Buy vets vendors based on their LGBTQ protections but otherwise has not engaged in canceling clients based on their viewpoints. The company does not protect its employees from viewpoint discrimination, but it does advocate for the Equality Act, supports Pride Month, and spends its time denouncing localized state efforts to reform its own election laws. Best Buy funds the Human Rights Campaign. Furthermore, Best Buy weaponized its PAC by refusing to give to Republican officials based on their vote not to certify the 2020 election. For these reasons, Best Buy receives a "High 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.
Best Buy received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign (1)(2). Among other requirements, this means Best Buy has a written policy requiring suppliers not to discriminate on the basis of LGBTQ identity. Best Buy has not publicly fired employees or clients based on viewpoints.
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Best Buy limits its corporate charitable giving to nonprofits that invest in STEM education for students of various ages, plus St. Jude’s Hospital for Children (1)(2). Best Buy’s annual gift-matching grants do not include religious groups (3). Eligibility guidelines for Best Buy’s employee donation-matching program are not publicly available (4).
Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.
Best Buy does not protect its employees from viewpoint discrimination (1).
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Best Buy signed an open letter in support of the Equality Act (1). Best Buy also issued a statement urging state legislators to vote no on election reform bills that “restrict voter access” (2). Best Buy is an advocate of progressive gender ideology, supporting Pride Month and various LGBTQ events affirming transgender ideology (3)(4).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
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March 21, 2023
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