Chewy

Florida
Retailing

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

Chewy is an online retailer of pet food and pet-related products. PetSmart acquired Chewy in 2017; in 2020, Chewy was spun off as an independent company. The company might cover the cost of "medically necessary transition-related care” for its employees and their children. Chewy does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. However, the company canceled Mike Lindell's MyPillow products, scrubbing them from the site in the aftermath of the 2020 election. Chewy is a copper sponsor of Out & Equal. Chewy does not have viewpoint protections for its employees and vets vendors for LGBTQ policies. For these reasons, Chewy receives a High 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

PetSmart, the former parent company of Chewy, received a score of 90 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign (1). Among other requirements, this means the company has pledged to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies. In late 2020, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell claimed that Chewy stopped selling MyPillow brand dog beds due to his public questioning of the 2020 election results (2). Although Chewy has not released an official statement on the matter, the company no longer features MyPillow products.

Criteria

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

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Rationale

Chewy does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving (1)(2).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Chewy 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.

Risk Level
Rationale

Chewy has not supported ideological causes or policies (1). 

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

PetSmart’s HRC CEI profile indicates that Chewy might cover the cost of “medically necessary transition-related care” for its employees and their children (1)(2). Chewy is a copper sponsor of Out & Equal (3).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
N/A
Rationale

Chewy does not operate a PAC at this time. 

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January 31, 2024

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