HNI Corporation

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Iowa
Consumer Durables and Apparel, Retailing

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Clear
Lower Risk

HNI Corporation, an office furniture manufacturer, vets vendors for LGBTQ policies. However, it has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. HNI Corporation has provided inclusive leadership training for all of its managers and unconscious bias training for all of its employees. The company sponsoring an LGBTQ Pride Festival. However, it does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving and it protects its employees against viewpoint discrimination. For these reasons, HNI Corporation receives a Lower 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

HNI Corporation has a written policy pledging to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies. Its Supplier and Service Provider Code of Conduct requires vendors to include sexual orientation and gender identity in their nondiscrimination policy (1). However, it has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on political views or religious beliefs.

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

HNI Corporation does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. Its focus areas are education, health and human services, civic and community, and arts and culture. It has made significant donations to the YMCA (1).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

HNI Corporation protects its employees against viewpoint discrimination. According to its Member Code of Integrity, the company will not discriminate on the basis of  “personal attributes which are not relevant to job performance”, which would include discrimination on the basis of viewpoint (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

HNI’s CEO has signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion Pledge, which includes a commitment to promote DEI through bias education training in the workplace (1). HNI Corporation has provided inclusive leadership training for all of its managers and unconscious bias training for all of its employees (2). HNI Corporation advocates for LGBTQ Pride through its social media and has promoted its participation in the Quad Cities Pride Festival (3)(4).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

HNI Corporation sponsored the Quad Cities LGBTQ Pride Festival (1). Otherwise, it has not used corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies (2).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
N/A
Rationale

HNI Corporation does not operate a PAC or engage in lobbying at this time (1)(2).

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December 13, 2023

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