Corprate Bias Ratings
Cigna allegedly discriminates against potential hires based on their inherent characteristics and belief systems. By classifying Christian beliefs as a form of privilege, Cigna has demonstrated that it prioritizes hiring people of other belief systems through its diversity initiatives. Cigna does not protect against viewpoint discrimination. The company funds abortion-related travel expenses for employees covers the cost of "medically necessary transition-related care” for its employees and their children. Cigna is a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, temporarily paused donations to conservative politicians, and is a signatory of the Business Roundtable's 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism. For these reasons, Cigna 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.
A whistleblower revealed that Cigna avoids hiring people if they are “too privileged” based on Cigna’s wide-ranging privilege scale that includes race and religion (1). Cigna received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign. Among other requirements, this means the company has pledged to vet vendors based on LGBTQ policies (2). Cigna temporarily paused political contributions to conservative politicians who “hindered the peaceful transition of power” in 202o (3).
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Cigna actively advocated for the Equality Act and has publicly committed to multiple acts of advocacy for the LGBTQ movement (1)(2). Cigna also pushes for critical race theory training and classifying people as “oppressors” and “oppressed” and asking for white people to “cede power” to people of color, according to a whistleblower article (3). The training uses a very broad definition of privilege, which includes religious people, and asks them to “check their privilege” while referring employees to extremist literature to re-educate themselves on class, race, and privilege. Cigna participates in CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion and CEO Action for Racial Equity (4)(5). Cigna CEO David Cordani is a member of the Business Roundtable and signed its 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism over traditional obligations to shareholders and customers (6)(7).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
Cigna 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). Cigna reimburses employees for elective abortions, including out-of-state travel costs (3)(4). The company is a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (5). The Cigna Group Foundation donated $175,000 to The Trevor Project and other LGBTQ organizations (6).
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November 28, 2023
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|Date||ESG Category||Proponent||Summary of Resolution||Mgmt Rec||Total Vote % in Favor|
|5/11/23||Environmental||Humane Society of the U.S.||Report on Cage-Free Eggs||Against||8.90%|
|4/26/23||Governance||John Chevedden||Give the Owners of 15% of Common Stock the Power to Call a Special Shareholder Meeting||Against||46.80%|
|4/27/22||Governance||John Chevedden||Special Meetings - Reduce Ownership Req. to 10%||Against||46.98%|
|4/27/22||Social||Clean Yield Asset Mgmt.||Report on Congruency of Political Spending with Company Values and Priorities||Against||46.04%|
|4/27/22||Social||Proxy Impact||Report on Gender Pay Gap||Against||32.69%|