Guidehouse

Navigant Consulting
Washington D.C.
Commercial and Professional Services

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

By complying with Human Rights Campaign’s controversial demands, Guidehouse increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company covers transgender-related medical costs for its employees and their children. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, and philanthropic support. Guidehouse uses its corporate funds to support controversial sex and gender ideologies and organizations. Guidehouse supports the Equality Act and is a sponsor of the Capital Pride Alliance. However, it has not used its PAC donations for ideological purposes. For these reasons, Guidehouse 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

Guidehouse received a score of 50 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. The company recruits employees based on sexual identity issues. The company discriminates against vendors that do not promote divisive sex and gender policies, indicating it prioritizes sexual issues over merit (1)(2). However, Guidehouse has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on political views or religious beliefs. The company has also espoused its extensive ESG integration and has stated that it prefers to work with vendors who “share (its) values” (3)(4).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Guidehouse’s HRC CEI rating indicates the company will not donate to non-religious charities unless they embrace controversial sexual identity policies (1)(2).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Guidehouse 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

Then-CEO of Navigant Consulting signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, which includes a commitment to promote DEI through bias education training in the workplace (1). However, Howard left Navigant after the company’s acquisition by Guidehouse in 2019, and Guidehouse CEO Scott McIntyre has not signed the pledge (2). The company supports the Equality Act (3).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Guidehouse’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 (1)(2). By allowing a political stakeholder group to dictate operations, the company increases health care costs and risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. Guidehouse is a sponsor of the Capital Pride Alliance (3).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Guidehouse has not used its PAC donations for ideological purposes (1).

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January 7, 2024

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