Despite not having viewpoint protections for employees, Biogen has not fired employees or canceled contracts due to religious or political beliefs. It has pledged to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies. Biogen does not donate to ideological groups hostile to freedom of expression but does advocate for progressive political causes using its corporate name. Biogen also funds employees' abortion travel costs. It also signed an amicus brief opposing Catholic Social Services in the Fulton v. Philadelphia Supreme Court case. For these reasons, Biogen 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.
Biogen has not publicly terminated business relationships due to religious beliefs or political views. The company received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign. Among other requirements, this means Biogen has pledged to vet vendors based on LGBTQ policies (1).
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
The Biogen Foundation will consider donating to religious organizations if they “are non-sectarian, fill a humanitarian need and/or benefit the broader community, do not require participation in prayer, worship or other religious activities, do not use the individual gift or resulting match for religious purposes and its primary focus of the sponsored program is provide benefit to the broader community not to promote a particular faith” (1).
Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.
Biogen does not protect employees from viewpoint (political affiliation) discrimination (1).
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Biogen has signed open letters supporting the Equality Act and transgender participation in female sports (1)(2). The company requires all employees to take racial bias training. Biogen also signed an amicus brief in Fulton v. Philadelphia, opposing free religious expression (3). Biogen signed an open letter opposing a Florida bill that would prevent teaching gender identity and sexual orientation in schools to kids in K-3rd grade (4). Biogen signed onto an open letter opposing a North Carolina law that required people to use the bathroom of their biological sex (5). Biogen published a statement regarding its “Intersectional Pride” between the LGBTQ and Black Lives Matter movements (6).
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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