Davis Polk

Davis Polk & Wardwell
New York
Commercial and Professional Services

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

Davis, Polk & Wardwell scored a 60 on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI). By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, the company increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company covers transgender-related medical costs for its employees and their children. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. Davis Polk does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees. The firm performs pro bono work in favor of LGBTQ rights and access to abortion. Davis Polk is Mansfield Certified, indicating its support of DEI in its recruitment, hiring, promotions, and leadership composition. However, it has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. For these reasons, Davis, Polk & Wardwell receives a Medium Risk rating.

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Corporate Weaponization
Criteria

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.

Risk Level
Rationale

Davis Polk received a score of 60 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. The company recruit’s employees based on sexual identity issues. The company discriminates against vendors that do not promote divisive sex and gender policies, indicating it prioritizes sexual issues over merit (1)(2). Davis Polk is Mansfield Certified, indicating its support of DEI in its recruitment, hiring, promotions, and leadership composition (3)(4). However, Davis Polk has not publicly terminated business relationships due to religious beliefs or political views.

Criteria

Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.

Risk Level
Rationale

Davis Polk‘s HRC CEI rating indicates the company will not donate to non-religious charities unless they embrace controversial sexual identity policies (1)(2).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Davis Polk does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (1). The company is Mansfield Certified, indicating its support of DEI in its recruitment, hiring, promotions, and leadership composition (2)(3).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.

Risk Level
Rationale

Davis Polk performs pro bono work in favor of LGBTQ rights and access to abortion (1).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Davis Polk’s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company covers transgender related costs for its employees and their children, including paid short-term leave, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, chest surgeries, genital surgeries, medical visits and lab monitoring, travel and lodging (1)(2). By allowing a political stakeholder group to dictate operations, the company increases health care costs and risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders.

Criteria

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

Risk Level
N/A
Rationale

Davis Polk does not operate a PAC at this time and has not reported on its lobbying (1)(2)(3).

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February 20, 2024

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