Booking Holdings

Priceline
Connecticut
Commercial and Professional Services, Transportation

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

Booking Holdings has not terminated business partners due to ideological differences. The company does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving or fund ideological organizations hostile to freedom of expression. However, Booking Holdings has implemented ESG practices into its business operations, including climate advocacy and LGBTQ advocacy. The company covers transgender-related medical costs for its employees and their children and forces employees to undergo multiple ideological trainings. The company does not provide employees protections against viewpoint discrimination but promotes unconscious bias training for employees. For these reasons, Booker Holdings receives a High Risk rating.

Criteria
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

Booking Holdings received a score of 90 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. The company recruits employees based on sexual identity issues. The company discriminates against vendors that do not promote divisive sex and gender policies, indicating it prioritizes sexual issues over merit (1)(2). Booking Holdings has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on views or beliefs. Booking Holdings integrates ESG into all of its business practices (3).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Booking Holdings does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving (1). The company‘s HRC CEI rating indicates the company will not donate to non-religious charities unless they embrace controversial sexual identity policies (2)(3)

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Booking Holdings does not provide protections against viewpoint discrimination (1). The company’s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company forces employees to attend multiple, controversial trainings on gender identity, sexual orientation, transgender issues, and divisive racial ideology. The company provides a specific benefits guide with a comprehensive explanation of transgender services funded by the company (2)(3).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Booking Holdings integrates ESG into all of its business practices and has committed to public advocacy for or engagement with LGBTQ causes, such as adopting pride-themed branding and certifying accommodations as LGBTQ-friendly (1). Booking Holdings has held employee unconscious bias and inclusivity training (2). Booking Holdings’s CEO Glenn Fogel has advocated for industry-wide net zero policies (3). Fogel is a member of the Business Roundtable but has not supported any specific ideological initiatives (4).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Booking Holdings’ 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.

Risk Level
N/A
Rationale

Booking Holdings does not operate a PAC.

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January 17, 2024

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