Box

California
Cloud & Data Storage

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

Box, Inc. (Box) vets vendors according to LGBTQ policies and does not provide its employees with protections against viewpoint discrimination, though the company has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. Box covers out-of-state travel for abortions. The company covers the cost of "medically necessary transition-related care” for its employees and their children and advocates for the Equality Act. Box opposed various pieces of state legislation which the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and others deemed "anti-LGBTQ." However, it does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. For these reasons, Box receives a Medium Risk rating.

Criteria
Risk Level
Rationale
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 limits its charitable giving to humanitarian missions and various nonprofits supporting children’s health and safety. There are no rules prohibiting donations to faith-based organizations (1).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Box Inc. does not provide protections against viewpoint discrimination (1).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

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

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Rationale

Box Inc. 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). The company also advocates for the Equality Act (3). Its CEO, Aaron Levie, has signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge (4). The company also stands with the Don’t Ban Equality statement, which opposes abortion restrictions (5). Box is also among the 68 companies that signed the brief opposing North Carolina’s Bathroom Bill, HB2 (6). It signed with other corporations to oppose legislation deemed anti-LGBTQ (7).

Criteria

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

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Rationale

Box will cover employee travel and medical costs for employees seeking an abortion in a different state (1). Box CEO Aaron Levie pledged $500,000 to the Black Lives Matter movement and related causes (2)(3)(4).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
N/A
Rationale

Box does not operate a PAC.

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August 11, 2023

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