Duke Energy

North Carolina
Energy

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

Summary:

Duke Energy has pledged to vet vendors for their LGBTQ policies but so far has not publicly terminated any business relationships because of viewpoint disagreements. Duke Energy has some restrictions limiting grants to religious organizations, but it has not funded ideological groups or causes. The company does lack viewpoint protections for its employees, however. It also advocated for a "compromise bill" during the 2015 controversy of the North Carolina bathroom bill, though it did not simply condemn the bill. It has largely stayed out of partisan politics and works with customers of all beliefs. For these reasons, Duke Energy receives a "Medium Risk" rating.

Criteria
Risk Level
Rationale
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

Duke Energy 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 Duke Energy has pledged to vet vendors based on LGBTQ policies (1).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Duke Energy’s gift-matching program does not discriminate against religious organizations (1). However, Duke Energy’s charitable grant program prohibits grants to “religious or evangelical organizations” (2).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Duke Energy does not protect its employees from viewpoint discrimination (1).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Duke Energy was a corporate sponsor of a “compromise bill” that would replace North Carolina’s 2015 HB 2 “bathroom bill” (1). It has otherwise not weaponized its corporate reputation for ideological or political purposes.

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Duke Energy does not fund ideological groups hostile to freedom of expression.

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Duke Energy has a history of bipartisan, business-focused political contributions (1).

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March 21, 2023

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