While Gannett (which operates USA Today and other outlets) has not terminated business relationships due to ideological beliefs; however, it has demoted a deputy editor for stating that men cannot get pregnant. Gannett did not cave to employee demands that the editor be fired. Gannett has donated to many different ideological groups and supported the 2020 Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests. For these reasons, Gannett receives a "High Risk" rating.
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.
Gannett received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign (1). Among other requirements, this means the company has pledged to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies. In 2022, primary Gannett publication USA Today demoted its deputy editorial page editor for tweeting that men cannot get pregnant. Gannett’s LGBTQ Employee Research Committee lobbied for the editor to be fired, although the publication appears to have compromised despite the growing progressivism within the publication’s leadership (2)(3).
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Gannett’s gift matching guidelines note that “gifts to sectarian organizations may be matched at the Foundation’s discretion, if the organization uses the funds primarily to benefit the community” (1).
Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.
Gannett protects employees from both religious and viewpoint (political affiliation) discrimination (1).
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.
Gannett does not operate a PAC.
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December 31, 2022
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