Hudson’s Bay

Gilt
Canada
Retailing

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

Hudson's Bay, a department store chain, vets vendors for LGBTQ policies and does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees. However, the company has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. Hudson's Bay requires all employees to complete annual compliance training and partnered with an LGBTQ non-profit. Hudson's Bay prioritizes diversity in all of its business practices. However, it does not appear to discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. For these reasons, Hudson's Bay receives a Medium 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

Hudson’s Bay has a written policy pledging to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies. Its Supplier Code of Conduct requires suppliers to include sexual orientation in its nondiscrimination policy (1). Hudson’s Bay prioritizes diversity in its recruitment, hiring, promotion, leadership composition, and supply chain. From its 2020 Sustainability Report: “We are rebuilding our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) roadmap to set the goals, commitments and actions we will take to advance equity, diversity and inclusion within our organization, from our leadership and recruitment, to the products we sell, the vendors we work with, the charities we support and the content we create” (2). However, the company 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

Hudson’s Bay does not appear to discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. The company focuses on funding organizations that support, “mental health resources and supporting high-performing Canadian athletes” (1)(2).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Hudson’s Bay does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (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

Hudson’s Bay requires all employees to complete annual compliance training. Its CEO released a statement condemning “systemic racism”. (1). It also supports LGBTQ Pride within its business practices (2).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Hudson’s Bay partners with “Rainbow Railroad” a non-profit organization that supports the LGBTQI+ community (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

Hudson’s Bay does not operate a PAC or engage in lobbying at this time (1)(2).

All links were last accessed and all information was updated on:
December 15, 2023

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