Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Virginia
Legal

Corprate Bias Ratings

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Rating - Danger
High Risk

Hunton Andrews Kurth scored a 90 on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI). By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, Hunton Andrews Kurth increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company covers transgender-related medical costs for its employees and their children. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. The company uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. Hunton Andrews Kurth provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion. The company is Mansfield Certified, indicating its support of DEI in its recruitment, hiring, promotions, and leadership composition. For these reasons, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP receives a High Risk rating.

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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.

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Hunton Andrews Kurth received a score of 85 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. The company recruit’s employees based on sexual identity issues. The company discriminates against vendors that do not promote divisive sex and gender policies, indicating it prioritizes sexual issues over merit (1)(2). Hunton Andrews Kurth is Mansfield Certified, indicating its support of DEI in its recruitment, hiring, promotions, and leadership composition (3)(4). 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.

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Hunton Andrews Kurth’s HRC CEI rating indicates the company will not donate to non-religious charities unless they embrace controversial sexual identity policies (1)(2).

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

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Hunton Andrews Kurth‘s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company provides a specific benefits guide with a comprehensive explanation of transgender services funded by the company (1)(2). Hunton Andrews Kurth is Mansfield Certified, indicating its support of DEI in its recruitment, hiring, promotions, and leadership composition (3)(4). The company does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (5).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
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Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.

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Hunton Andrews Kurth’s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company agrees to allow a controversial stakeholder group focused on sexual identity issues to dictate marketing or advertising strategy (1)(2). By doing so, the company risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. Hunton Andrews Kurth has committed to public advocacy for or engagement with LGBTQ causes, including “reach[ing] out to LGBTQ law students and organizations” and donating time to LGBTQ organizations (3).

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

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Hunton Andrews Kurth provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion (1). Hunton Andrews Kurth’s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company covers transgender related costs for its employees and their children, including paid short-term leave, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, chest surgeries, genital surgeries, medical visits and lab monitoring, travel and lodging. Additionally, the company has pledged philanthropic support of at least one organization or event that promotes sex and gender ideology (2)(3). By allowing a political stakeholder group to dictate operations, the company increases health care costs and risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders.

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

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Rationale

Hunton Andrews Kurth’s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company publicly advocated for controversial sex and gender ideology through local, state or federal legislation or initiatives (1)(2). By allowing a political stakeholder group to dictate operations, the company risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. Hunton Andrew Kurth’s PAC has been defunct since 2020, but it used to donate in a manner consistent with its business interests. Hunton Andrews Kurth has not reported on its lobbying (3)(4)(5).

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February 12, 2024

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