Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)

Virginia
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Corporate Bias Rating

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High Risk

Summary:

In September 2020, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) fired an employee for wearing a "Trump 2020" hat prior to a work meeting under the company's rules against "campaigning" for politicians. The employee is said to have worn similar apparel prior to previous meetings for a lengthy part of his career at HII. Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) scored an 80 out of 100 on the 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with Human Rights Campaign’s controversial demands, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) 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. HII 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 is a signatory of the Business Roundtable's 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism. HII’s CEO, Chris Kastner, signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, which includes a commitment to promote DEI through bias education training in the workplace. For these reasons, HII receives a High Risk rating.

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Shareholder Proposals

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Date
ESG Category
Proponent
Summary of ResolutionMgmt RecTotal Vote % in Favor
5/1/24EnvironmentalJohn CheveddenManaging Climate Risk Through Science-Based Targets and Transition PlanningAgainst27.86%
5/2/23SocialJohn R. CheveddenStockholder proposal requesting that HII disclose on its website an annual report of HII'S direct and indirect lobbying activities and expendituresAgainst36.28%
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