Box

California
Cloud & Data Storage

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

By complying with Human Rights Campaign's controversial demands, Box Inc. increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company covers transgender-related medical costs for its employees and their children and provides specific sexual orientation and gender identity-based benefits. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. Box uses its reputation to support controversial DEI and gender ideologies, and organizations. Box provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion. The company opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. However, it does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. For these reasons, Box receives a Medium Risk rating.

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Corporate Weaponization
Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Box‘s HRC CEI rating indicates the company will not donate to non-religious charities unless they embrace controversial sexual identity policies (1)(2). Box limits its charitable giving to humanitarian missions and various nonprofits supporting children’s health and safety. It therefore does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving (3).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Box’s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company provides gender transition guidelines for its employees and specific benefits guide with a comprehensive explanation of transgender services funded by the company (1)(2). Box Inc. does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (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

Box Inc. advocates for the Equality Act (1). Its CEO, Aaron Levie, has signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge (2). The company also stands with the Don’t Ban Equality statement, which opposes abortion restrictions (3). Box is also among the 68 companies that signed the brief opposing North Carolina’s Bathroom Bill, HB2 (4). The company was part of the Freedom for All Americans coalition, which advocated for federal legislation that would overrule state laws designed to protect girls’ sports and similar laws (5). Box opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces (6).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Box provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion (1)(2)(3)(4). The company‘s 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 (5)(6). By allowing a political stakeholder group to dictate operations, the company increases health care costs and risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. Box CEO Aaron Levie pledged $500,000 to the Black Lives Matter movement and related causes (7)(8)(9).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
N/A
Rationale

Box does not operate a PAC at this time.

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February 20, 2024

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