Dick’s Sporting Goods

Pennsylvania
Retailing

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

Dick's Sporting Goods (DSG) 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 due to views or beliefs. The company covers abortion-related travel costs for its employees and "medically necessary transition-related care" for its employees and their children. DSG is a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce and stopped selling certain gun accessories and "assault-style" weapons in 2018. However, it does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. For these reasons, Dick's Sporting Goods 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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DSG received a score of 95 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). However, DSG has not publicly terminated 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

DSG restricts its charitable giving to youth sports sponsorships (1).

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

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DSG 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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DSG 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 (1)(2). In 2018, DSG stopped selling “assault-style” firearms, “high-capacity” magazines, and bump stocks due to increased social pressure for gun control (3). DSG’s CEO Edward Stack is a signatory to CEOs For Gun Safety (4).

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

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DSG will “provide up to $4,000 in travel expense reimbursement for employees, their spouse, or dependent enrolled in their company’s health plan who live in states where abortion is restricted. The benefit will also cover one support person’s travel expenses” (1). The company¬†is a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (2).

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

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N/A
Rationale

DSG does not have an active PAC.

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August 11, 2023

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