Gap Inc.

Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta
California
Retailing

Corporate Bias Rating

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High Risk

Summary:

Gap scored a 95 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with Human Rights Campaign’s controversial demands, Gap increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. Gap 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. Gap 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. Gap supports the Equality Act and transgender participation in youth sports. The company used its reputation to oppose prohibiting teaching gender identity and sexual orientation in school to kids in K-3rd grade. Gap opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. The company signed an amicus brief in opposition to the 2016 North Carolina bathroom bill HB2, which required people to use the bathroom of their biological sex. Gap is a member of the MCCA, indicating its focus on recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees based on race. For these reasons, Gap Inc. receives a High Risk rating.

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