Corprate Bias Ratings
By complying with Human Rights Campaign’s controversial demands, Hess Corporation (Hess) 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, marketing, and philanthropic support. Hess uses its reputation and corporate funds to support controversial sex and gender ideologies and organizations. The company's CEO signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge and implements DEI training for its employees. Hess has also sponsored an event by the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce. However, the company has not used its political contributions for ideological purposes. For these reasons, Hess Corporation receives a Medium 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.
Hess received a score of 90 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, Hess has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on political views or religious beliefs.
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Hess’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. Hess’s CEO signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, which includes a commitment to promote DEI through bias education training in the workplace (3). The company signed an open letter in support of the Equality Act and is a member of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce (4)(5). Hess hosts DEI trainings for its employees (6).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
Hess’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. Hess sponsored an event hosted by the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce (3).
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