Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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High Risk


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has published several educational books intended for classroom use that are banned in some public schools because of their ideological content. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) received a score of 90 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with Human Rights Campaign’s controversial demands, (HMH) 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. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. HMH forces employees to undergo multiple ideological trainings and uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. HMH hosted company-wide unconscious bias training, has a DE&I content pledge, and publishes books on Black Trans-Genderism. HMH promotes DE&I in the classroom and encourages teachers to use LGBTQ learning material. HMH signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge. The company opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. For these reasons, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt receives a High Risk rating.

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