CMS Energy

Michigan
Energy

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

CMS Energy vets vendors according to LGBTQ policies and does not protect its employees against viewpoint discrimination. However, it has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. The company integrates ESG into all of its business practices and covers the cost of "medically necessary transition-related care” for its employees and their children. CMS Energy's Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was named a champion of Pride in support of LGBTQ advocacy at CMS Energy. The company has pledged support to BLM and related causes and has lobbied for ideological purposes. However, the company does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. For these reasons, CMS Energy receives a Medium Risk rating.

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Corporate Weaponization
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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.

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CMS Energy received a score of 90 on the Human Rights Campaigns (HRC) Corporate Equality Index. Among other commitments, the company has a written policy pledging to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies (1)(2). CMS Energy integrates ESG into all of its business practices and ties executive pay to ESG items (3). The company has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on political views or religious beliefs.

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

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CMS Energy does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving (1).

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

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CMS Energy does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (1).

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

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CMS’s HRC CEI profile indicates the company covers the cost of “medically necessary transition-related care” for its employees and their children (1)(2). In 2020, Trevor Thomas, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was named a champion of Pride in support of LGBTQ advocacy at CMS Energy (3). CMS Energy supports ESG within its business practices, “…environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues is embedded in our strategy, business planning and enterprise risk management processes.” (4).

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

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CMS Energy pledged support to Black Lives Matter and related causes (1)(2)(3).

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

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CMS Energy has not used its PAC donations for ideological purposes. However, the company has lobbied for ideological purposes (1)(2).

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October 3, 2023

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