Cox Enterprises (Cox Communications)

Georgia
Telecommunication Services

Risk Level:

Rating - Clear
Lower Risk

Summary:

Cox Enterprises, including Cox Communications and Axios, has not publicly terminated any business relationships due to political or religious beliefs. Though, it does not protect employees from viewpoint discrimination and pledges to vet its suppliers according to its LGBTQ policies. The company has corporately supported the Equality Act. Cox Enterprises does not use corporate funds to support ideological groups hostile to freedom of expression or advance agendas. For these reasons, Cox Enterprises receives a "Lower 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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Cox Enterprises has not publicly terminated business relationships due to religious beliefs or political views. The company 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 (1).

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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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Cox Enterprises does permit grants to faith-based charities, noting that the company will consider requests from “religious organizations… to provide project-specific social services outreach programs that are not limited to a specific religious affiliation” (1).

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

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Cox Enterprises does not protect employees from 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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Cox Enterprises signed an open letter in support of the Equality Act (1). It has not supported any other ideological policies or causes.

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

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Cox Enterprises does not use corporate funds to support ideological groups hostile to freedom of expression (1)(2).

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

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Cox Enterprises does not use its PAC for ideological purposes (1).

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March 24, 2023

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