First Solar

Arizona
Energy

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

First Solar, a solar technology company, vets vendors for LGBTQ policies and does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees. However, it has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. The company integrates DEI into all of its business practices, regularly supports LGBTQ Pride, and has sponsored multiple pride parades in Arizona and Ohio. However, it does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving and has not used its political contributions for ideological purposes. For these reasons, First Solar 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

First Solar has a written policy pledging to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies. Its Supplier Quality Manual requires vendors to abide by the RBA Code of Conduct, which includes sexual orientation and gender identity in its nondiscrimination policy (1)(2). The company prioritizes diversity in its leadership composition (3). However, it has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on political views or religious beliefs (4).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

First Solar does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. However, it will only give to religious organizations that provide non-sectarian services (1)(2).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

First Solar does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (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

First Solar regularly supports LGBTQ Pride (1)(2)(3) First Solar is committed to carbon neutrality by 2050 and “has integrated inclusion, diversity and belonging goals and measures throughout” the company (4).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

First Solar has sponsored multiple pride parades in Arizona and Ohio to show its support for the LGBTQ+ Community (1)(2)(3)(4). Otherwise, it has not used corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies (5).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

First Solar has not used its PAC donations or lobbying for ideological purposes (1)(2).

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November 6, 2023

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