John Deere (Deere & Co.)

Moline, Illinois
Capital Goods

Corporate Bias Rating

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Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk


Deere and Co. scored a 95 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, John Deere 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. John Deere 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. John Deere pledged $1 million to BLM and related causes and is a copper sponsor of Out & Equal. For these reasons, John Deere receives a High Risk rating.

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Board Bias

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CEO of John Deere (Deere & Co.)

John C. May

John C. May


Headquartered in Moline, Illinois, John Deere (Deere & Co.) is a member of the Fortune 250 operating in the Capital Goods industry. John C. May and John C. May serve as CEO/President and Chairman, respectively, leading the company’s C-suite executive team and the board of directors. Amongst these teams, the collective leadership is responsible for $9,000 to Republican causes and $61,300 to Democratic causes. Under their tenure, John Deere (Deere & Co.) currently holds a 'High Risk' risk rating.

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Shareholder Proposals

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ESG Category
Summary of ResolutionMgmt RecTotal Vote % in Favor
2/28/24SocialNational Legal and Policy CenterCivil Rights, Non-Discrimination, and Return to Merit AuditAgainst1.04%
2/28/24GovernanceJohn CheveddenShareholder Ratification of Termination PayAgainst37.98%
2/28/24EnvironmentalNational Legal and Policy CenterCustomer and Company Sustainability Congruency ReportAgainst1.51%
2/22/23GovernanceJohn CheveddenRequire Shareholder Approval of Termination PayAgainst41.20%
2/23/22GovernanceJohn CheveddenRemove 1-Year Holding Req. to Call Special MeetingAgainst17.41%
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