Hasbro

Rhode Island
Consumer Durables and Apparel

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

By complying with Human Rights Campaign’s controversial demands, Hasbro 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. Hasbro uses its corporate funds to support controversial sex and gender ideologies and organizations. The company provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion and ties ESG performance to executive compensation. America First Legal filed a letter with the EEOC requesting a civil rights investigation into Hasbro over discriminatory practices in hiring. Hasbro has partnered with The Conscious Kid, which produces children's books that employ race-based talking points influenced by critical race theory. The company has also donated to the National Urban League. However, Hasbro has not lobbied for ideological purposes. For these reasons, Hasbro receives a Medium 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.

Risk Level
Rationale

Hasbro received a score of 70 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)(3). Hasbro’s executive compensation is linked to ESG performance, and it vets suppliers on ESG issues (4). However, Hasbro has not publicly terminated business relationships due to religious beliefs or political views.

Criteria

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

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Rationale

Hasbro’s HRC CEI rating indicates the company will not donate to non-religious charities unless they embrace controversial sexual identity policies (1)(2)(3).

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

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Rationale

Hasbro does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (1). America First Legal filed a letter with the EEOC requesting a civil rights investigation into Hasbro over discriminatory practices in hiring (2)(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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Rationale

Hasbro’s CEO signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge Inclusion, which includes a commitment to promote DEI through bias education training in the workplace (1). The company has also partnered with The Conscious Kid,” an educational partner dedicated to promoting equity, inclusion, and healthy racial identity in kids” (2). Hasbro utilizes this partnership to deliver “anti-racist training” to its employees, in addition to unconscious bias and inclusivity training for employees and managers (3). One employee alleges this training is mandatory, though Hasbro disputes this claim (4)(5). Hasbro developed a pro-abortion “Operation” game, and the proceeds from its sales were meant to fund Planned Parenthood (6). However, Hasbro recalled the game after controversy and has not returned it to shelves. Hasbro has committed to public advocacy for or engagement with LGBTQ causes, including creating a TV series with LGBTQ characters and storylines (7). Hasbro is aiming to reach net-zero by 2050 (8).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Hasbro provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion (1). Hasbro’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 (2)(3)(4). By allowing a political stakeholder group to dictate operations, the company increases health care costs and risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. Hasbro has pledged an unreported sum of corporate funding to BLM and related causes, including the Urban League of Springfield, Massachusetts (5)(6)(7).

Criteria

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

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Rationale

Hasbro does not operate a PAC at this time and has not lobbied for ideological purposes (1)(2)(3).

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February 6, 2024

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