GoDaddy

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Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

GoDaddy has de-platformed multiple customers who have conservative or religious views. By complying with Human Rights Campaign’s controversial demands, GoDaddy 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 marketing and philanthropic support. GoDaddy 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. GoDaddy provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion. The company supports the Equality Act and publicly opposed the Florida Parental Rights in Education Act, which prohibits teaching gender identity and sexual orientation in schools to kids in K-3rd grade. GoDaddy opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. For these reasons, GoDaddy receives a High Risk rating.

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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.

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GoDaddy de-platformed a website owned by Texas Right to Life after a “whistleblower” attempted to help enforce the recent Texas heartbeat abortion bill (1). It gave Texas Right to Life 24 hours to find a new domain. GoDaddy de-platformed the popular Second Amendment forum AR15.com over allegations that individuals using the site had encouraged violence (2). GoDaddy has received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index. Among other requirements, this means the company has a written policy pledging to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies (3)(4).

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

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GoDaddy requires recipients of its charitable donation program to be “politically and religiously neutral” (1). There are no clear guidelines as to who is and is not eligible to receive donations through GoDaddy’s various donation channels.

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

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GoDaddy’s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company forces employees to attend multiple, controversial trainings on gender identity, sexual orientation, transgender issues, and divisive racial ideology. The company provides gender transition guidelines for its employees and a specific benefits guide with a comprehensive explanation of transgender services funded by the company (1)(2). GoDaddy does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (3).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.

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GoDaddy’s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company agrees to allow a controversial stakeholder group focused on sexual identity issues to dictate marketing or advertising strategy (1)(2). By doing so, the company risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. has signed open letters supporting the Equality Act and opposing women’s and girls’ gender-specific sports (3)(4). GoDaddy added a unique .gay domain for websites to use in order to create virtual LGBTQ rainbow Pride flags on their pages (5). GoDaddy opposed the Florida Parental Rights in Education Act, which prohibits teaching gender identity and sexual orientation in schools to kids in K-3rd grade (6). The company opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces (7).

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

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Rationale

GoDaddy provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion (1)(2)(3). The company stated, “We’re deeply concerned by the recent changes that limit reproductive rights. Limiting these rights the ability for people to pursue success on their own terms, which is core to our mission to empower entrepreneurs everywhere, making opportunity more inclusive.” (4). GoDaddy’s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company covers transgender related costs for its employees and their children, including paid short-term leave, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, chest surgeries, genital surgeries, medical visits and lab monitoring, travel and lodging. Additionally, the company has pledged philanthropic support of at least one organization or event that promotes sex and gender ideology (5)(6). By allowing a political stakeholder group to dictate operations, the company increases health care costs and risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. GoDaddy partners with the Association for Enterprise Opportunity, though it is unclear exactly who it is supporting through these donations (7).

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

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Rationale

GoDaddy’s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company publicly advocated for controversial sex and gender ideology through local, state or federal legislation or initiatives (1)(2). By allowing a political stakeholder group to dictate operations, the company risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. GoDaddy’s PAC has not been operational since the 2013–2014 election cycle (3)(4).

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February 22, 2024

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