Commerce Bank


Corporate Bias Rating

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Rating - Danger
High Risk


Commerce Bank scored a 90 out of 100 on the 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with Human Rights Campaign’s controversial demands, Commerce Bank increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company provides a benefits package for employees which covers transgender medical procedures for covered employees and dependents, including children. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. Commerce Bank 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. Commerce Bank hosts Diversity and Inclusion training, which includes unconscious bias trainings. The Bank celebrates PRIDE month and has marched in the St. Louis Pride Parade with company branded PRIDE shirts. Commerce Bank supports DEI within its business practices. The bank’s CEO, John Kemper, signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, which includes a commitment to promote DEI through bias education training in the workplace. Commerce Bank sponsored the Animal Adoption Plaza at the Kansas City Pride Fest. In 2022, the bank donated an entire building to the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. Commerce Bank is a Corporate Member of the Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce. For these reasons, Commerce Bank receives a High Risk rating.

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