H&R Block

Missouri
Consumer Services

Corporate Bias Rating

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High Risk

Summary:

H&R Block scored a 100 out of 100 scored on the 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, H&R Block increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company provides a benefits package for employees which covers transgender medical procedures for covered employees and dependents, including children. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. H&R Block 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. The company's President and CEO Jeffrey J. Jones II signed Catalyst's Champions for Change pledge, indicating its support of DEI in its leadership composition through the establishment of gender and racial targets. H&R Block is a signatory of the Gender & Diversity KPI Alliance, appearing to prioritize diversity over merit in its business structure through the establishment of gender and racial targets for its leadership composition and its support of DEI in its hiring and promotions. The company implements unconscious bias training for its employees. H&R Block was part of the Freedom for All Americans coalition, which advocated for federal legislation that would overrule state laws designed to protect girls' sports and similar laws. The company opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. H&R Block’s CEO, Jeffrey J. Jones II, signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, which includes a commitment to promote DEI through bias education training in the workplace. The company has a micro-grant program for LGBTQ-owned businesses. Internally, the company funds gender transition procedures for its employees. H&R Block is a Corporate Member of the Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce. For these reasons, H&R Block receives a High Risk rating.

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