Corprate Bias Ratings
Jacobs Engineering Group vets vendors according to LGBTQ policies and does not provide its employees with protections against viewpoint discrimination, but has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. The company covers the cost of "medically necessary transition-related care" for its employees and their children. Jacobs discriminates against faith-based charities and supports the Equality Act. Jacobs is a signatory of the Business Roundtable's 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism. However, it does not use its corporate dollars or PAC contributions for ideological purposes. For these reasons, Jacobs Engineering Group receives a "Medium Risk" rating.
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.
The company received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign. Among other requirements, this means Jacobs has pledged to vet vendors based on LGBTQ policies (1). However, Jacobs Engineering Group has not publicly terminated business relationships due to religious beliefs or political views. Jacobs does have a Supplier Diversity Roadmap that aims to increasing hiring for specific demographics based on surface-level characteristics.
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
The Jacobs ESTS Group Matching Program will not match donations to “political or religious organizations” (1).
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Jacobs has a perfect score on the HRC’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index. This score indicates the company covers the cost of “medically necessary transition-related care” for its employees and their children (1)(2). The company has signed an open letter in support of the Equality Act (3). Jacobs requires all high-ranking employees to take “anti-racism” training (4). The company also hosts “Conscious Inclusion” training for its employees and has been a participant in the Dallas Pride parade (5). Former CEO Steve Demetriou signed its 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism over traditional obligations to shareholders and customers (6).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
Jacobs does not donate to any ideological groups hostile to freedom of expression (1). However, the company did pledge to match up to “$100,000 of employee donations to eligible causes dedicated to inclusion, equality and injustice around the world” (2). It is unclear what these causes are. Jacobs has also “committed to investing $10 million over five years to support STEAM programs in Black communities, increase our support of diverse suppliers, and strengthen our commitment to developing and hiring the best diverse talent.” Part of the this goal is to “contribute to structural change in the broader society” and develop a Supplier Diversity Roadmap (3).
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July 6, 2023
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