Corning

New York
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Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

Corning vets vendors according to LGBTQ policies and does not provide its employees with protections against viewpoint discrimination, though the company has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. The company covers the cost of "medically necessary transition-related care” for its employees and their children. Corning discriminates against faith-based organizations in its giving and supports the Equality Act. The company is a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Corning's CEO stepped down from an advisory role in the Trump Administration in response to the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. Corning is a signatory of the Business Roundtable's 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism and advocacy. For these reasons, Corning 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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Corning has received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Among other requirements, this means the company has a written policy pledging to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies (1). Corning added over 44 questions pertaining to sustainability to its supplier onboarding assessment (2). There are no publicly known cases of Corning terminating business relationships due to views or 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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Rationale

Corning’s Foundation’s nondiscrimination statement disqualifies organizations with certain LGBTQ-related views from the company’s charitable giving services (1). Additionally, Corning’s gift-matching program explicitly prohibits matched donations to religious groups (2).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Corning does not provide protections against viewpoint discrimination (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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Corning’s CEO Wendell Weeks stepped down from then-President Donald Trump’s Manufacturer’s Council following the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, as the CEO found Trump’s response unsatisfactory (1). Weeks 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 (2)(3). Corning signed an HRC open letter in support of the Equality Act (4).

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

Risk Level
Rationale

The company is a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (1). Corning 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 (2)(3).

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

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Rationale

Corning operates a PAC, which gives in a bipartisan manner in accordance with business interests (1)(2).

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November 28, 2023

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