Edward Jones Investments

Missouri
Diversified Financials

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

Edward Jones vets vendors according to LGBTQ policies and does not provide its employees with protections against viewpoint discrimination, but the company has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. The company covers the cost of "medically necessary transition-related care" for its employees and their children. Edward Jones supported the Equality Act and used corporate dollars to fund the National Urban League (NUL). However, it does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. For these reasons, Edward Jones 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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Edward Jones received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) (1). Among other requirements, this means the company has pledged to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies. However, Edward Jones has not publicly terminated business relationships due to ideological differences.

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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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The Edward Jones Charitable Gift Fund has no written rule disqualifying religious organizations from grant-making practices (1).

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

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Edward Jones does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (1)(2).

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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Edward Jones 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). The company¬†signed the HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act (3). Aside from this signature, Edward Jones has not engaged in corporate endorsements of any other ideological campaigns.

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

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In 2020, Edward Jones contributed $1 million to a NUL campaign and $200,000 to the organization’s St. Louis local affiliate (1).

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

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Edward Jones PAC has historically donated in a non-partisan fashion in accordance with business interests (1)(2).

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November 28, 2023

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