Darden Restaurants

Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Eddie V's Prime Seafood, The Capital Grille, The Capital Burger, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, Ruth's Hospitality Group, Yard House, Seasons 52
Florida
Food Beverage and Tobacco

Corporate Bias Rating

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Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

Summary:

Darden Restaurants scored a 100 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, Darden Restaurants increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company covers transgender-related medical costs for its employees and their children and provides specific sexual orientation and gender identity-based benefits. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. Darden Restaurants 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. Darden Restaurants does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees. However, it has not publicly terminated business relationships due to religious beliefs or political views. The company supports the Equality Act and funds multiple LGBT organizations. Darden is a member of the MCCA, indicating its focus on recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees based on race. For these reasons, Darden Restaurants receives a High Risk rating.

Shareholder Proposals

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Date
ESG Category
Proponent
Summary of ResolutionMgmt RecTotal Vote % in Favor
9/20/23SocialRHIA VenturesReport on the risks arising from state policies restricting reproductive health careAgainst9.05%
9/20/23EnvironmentalDr. Grand RapidsIssue greenhouse gas reduction targetsAgainst23.03%
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