F5 Networks

Washington
Cloud & Data Storage

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

F5 Networks Inc, does not provide viewpoint protections for employees, though the company has not terminated business relationships due to ideological differences. The company implements ESG practices into all aspects of its company. F5 uses its corporate reputation and funds to advance ideological causes, including tying executive bonuses to DEI initiatives, partnering with the Human Rights Campaign, and signing onto the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge. For these reasons, F5 Networks Inc. 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

F5 Networks Inc. has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on views or beliefs. F5 Networks Inc. integrates ESG into all of its business practices (2).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
N/A
Rationale

F5 Network’s charitable giving guidelines are not publicly available (1).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

F5 Networks Inc. does not provide its employees with protection against 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

F5, Inc. has signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge (1). ¬†Scot Rogers, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at F5, published an article in support of the Human Rights Campaign and advocated for financial support to be given to the Transgender Law Center, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Human Rights Campaign (2). Not only does F5 offer unconscious bias training, but it also offers BeF5 Inclusion Coaching for all employees (3). F5’s entire executive team and multiple board members signed onto a Diversity, Inclusion, and Equality pledge (4). In 2022, the company created an Allyship Reading Library, where it had 4 Learning Days for employees to read books to expand its DEI initiatives (5). F5 is now using data to create “gender-inclusive recruitment language” in its hiring process (6). The company also launched an employee inclusion survey, regarding the inclusion and implementation of self-identification options (7).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

F5, Inc. partners with Coqual, the Human Rights Campaign, Reboot Representation, Stonewall Diversity Champion, and the Black Equity Index (1). In 2022, F5 began incorporating D&I goals into executive bonuses (2).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
N/A
Rationale

F5, Inc. does not operate a PAC (1).

All links were last accessed and all information was updated on:
July 11, 2023

Company reports are intended for educational use only. Full Disclaimer

Generate Reports
Clear
Toast