Estee Lauder Companies

Clinique, Aveda, Origins, Bobbi Brown, AERIN, aramis, Bumble and Bumble, Darphin, Dr. Jart+, Glamglow, Jo Malone, Kilian, La Mer, LAB Series, Le Labo, MAC, Niod, Smashbox, The Ordinary, Tom Ford Beauty, Too Faced
New York, New York
Household and Personal Products

Corporate Bias Rating

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Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk


Estee Lauder Companies fired a top executive over a "racially insensitive" social media post but has refused to terminate a board member due to his support of Donald Trump. Estee Lauder 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, Estee Lauder Companies (Estee Lauder), 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. Estee Lauder 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. Estee Lauder provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion and transgender medical procedures for covered employees and dependents, including children. The company supports the Equality Act. Estee Lauder has supported Planned Parenthood and pledged $11.8 million to BLM and related causes. The company denounced various states’ legislative efforts to protect election integrity and security. For these reasons, Estee Lauder receives a High Risk rating.

Board Bias

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CEO of Estee Lauder Companies

Fabrizio Freda

Fabrizio Freda


Headquartered in New York, New York, Estee Lauder Companies is a member of the Fortune 250 operating in the Household and Personal Products industry. Fabrizio Freda and Charlene Barshefsky serve as CEO/President and Chairman, respectively, leading the company’s C-suite executive team and the board of directors. Amongst these teams, the collective leadership is responsible for $115,700 to Republican causes and $140,250 to Democratic causes. Under their tenure, Estee Lauder Companies currently holds a 'High Risk' risk rating.

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