Corprate Bias Ratings
By complying with Human Rights Campaign's controversial demands, Caleres 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. Caleres forces employees to undergo multiple ideological trainings and uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. The company mandates unconscious bias, microaggression, pronoun usage, and LGBTQIA+ training for all associates. Caleres has donated to the Trevor Project and prioritizes diversity in its hiring and leadership composition. For these reasons, Caleres 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.
Caleres received a score of 100 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). Caleres integrates ESG into all of its business practices, establishing a committee designated for ESG oversight. From its 2022 ESG Report: “We recognize that ESG is an essential part of our business”. The company prioritizes diversity in its hiring and leadership composition (3). However, Caleres has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on political views or religious beliefs.
Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Caleres HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company agrees to allow a controversial stakeholder group focused on sexual identity issues to dictate marketing or advertising strategy (1)(2). By doing so, the company risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company mandates unconscious bias, microaggression, pronoun usage, and LGBTQIA+ training for all associates (3).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
Caleres 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. Additionally, the company has pledged philanthropic support of at least one organization or event that promotes sex and gender ideology (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. It covers top, bottom, and hair surgeries for “transitioning” employees. Caleres also donated 20% of the sales of select online products to the Trevor Project during LGBTQ Pride month (3).
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January 12, 2024
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