Candlewick Press

Walker Books
Massachusetts
Educational Resources

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

Candlewick Press does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees but has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. The company uses its reputation and corporate funds to promote LGBTQ ideology and "nontraditional families". However, it does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. For these reasons, Candlewick Press receives a Medium Risk rating.

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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

Anthony Horowitz claims Walker Books told him what “he could and couldn’t say” (1)(2).¬†However, Candlewick Press has not publicly terminated business relationships due to political views or religious beliefs.

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Candlewick Press does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. It donates books to nonprofits with a “primary mission [involving] literacy efforts” (1).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Candlewick Press does not publish a nondiscrimination policy (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

Candlewick Press removed distribution via printed manuscripts to distribution via e-readers in the summer of 2009 (1). Candlewick Press signed the National Coalition Against Censorship pledge in December 2021, highlighting LGBT books (2). Candlewick Press publishes many LGBTQ books including ‘Twas the Night Before Pride by JoAnn McClintick (3)(4).

Criteria

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

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Rationale

Candlewick Press funds libraries that seek to expand “underserved communities” among which are “nontraditional families” via the Light the Way Grant (1).

Criteria

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

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N/A
Rationale

Candlewick Press does not operate a PAC or engage in lobbying at this time (1)(2).

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November 22, 2023

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