C&S Wholesale Grocers

Piggly Wiggly Supermarkets, Grand Union Supermarkets
New Hampshire
Food and Staples Retailing

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

C&S Wholesale Grocers, doing business as C&S, vets vendors based on LGBTQ policies and does not protect employees from viewpoint discrimination. The company has a limited history of using its corporate image to promote ideologies, but has made significant donations towards DE&I efforts including contributions to the Trevor Project. The company has also lobbied for non-business related issues specifically, immigration. C&S has not terminated business relationships due to religious or political beliefs. For these reasons, C&S Wholesale Grocers 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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There are no publicly known cases of C&S terminating business relationships due to religious or political beliefs. C&S received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Among other requirements, this indicates that C&S vets suppliers according to their 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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C&S does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. However, the company will not donate to organizations that discriminate on the basis of religion and sexual preference, which excludes certain religious groups (1).

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

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C&S does not provide viewpoint protection for 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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C&S has used its platform to recognize Pride Month, specifically on LinkedIn (1). Otherwise, the company does not use its corporate image to promote ideological causes.

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

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In 2022, C&S donated $35,000 towards DE&I initiatives including the Venture Out Project, the Trevor Project, and Keene Out (1). Similarly, in 2021 the company donated $28,000 towards DE&I organizations (2).

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

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C&S does not operate a PAC. However, the company has lobbied for “legislative monitoring and outreach on issues relating to the resettlement of Afghan and Ukrainian refugees” (1). It is unclear what position C&S took on this situation.

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August 10, 2023

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