Hachette Brook Group
Corprate Bias Ratings
Hachette Book Group (Hachette) fired an employee for seemingly political reasons in response to success publishing conservative literature. By complying with Human Rights Campaign’s controversial demands, Hachette 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. Hachette forces employees to undergo multiple ideological trainings and uses its corporate funds to support controversial sex and gender ideologies and organizations. The company does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees and requires suppliers to be committed to carbon neutrality by 2030. Hachette provides a list of banned books in some public schools for inappropriate topics, including LGBT ideas. The company discriminates against some religious organizations in its charitable giving and regularly supports LGBTQ and BLM causes. Hachette has published multiple ideological books and is a corporate partner of the LGBT organization Lambda Literary. For these reasons, Hachette Book Group 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.
An editorial director at Hachette experiencing substantial success publishing conservative literature was fired for what she and others believe was due to her political beliefs. At the same time, Hachette limited the political content that employees could publish following January 6, 2021 (1). Hachette requires its suppliers abide by its environmental standards, including a commitment to carbon neutrality by 2030 (2).
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Hachette’s charitable giving guidelines require that organizations abide by its nondiscrimination policy, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, thereby excluding some religious charities (1).
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Hachette provides a list of banned books in some public schools for inappropriate topics, including LGBT ideas (1). A branch of Hachette Book Group, Little, Brown and Company, features a page on the Hachette website supporting the Black Lives Matter movement (2). The company regularly supports LGBTQ Pride (3)(4)(5). The CEO of Hachette UK made comments supporting and emphasizing the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement (6). The company also advertised its “Guide to Pride” book collection on its corporate Facebook account (7). Hachette has also published and sold multiple books that discuss leftist causes, including books targeted at children that promote drag culture and the Black Lives Matter movement (8)(9).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
Hachette’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. Hachette is a corporate partner of the LGBT organization Lambda Literary (3).
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January 7, 2024
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