Kaiser Permanente

California
Health Care Equipment and Services

Corporate Bias Rating

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High Risk

Summary:

Kaiser Permanente denied the requests of thousands of employees to receive a religious exemption to the company's COVID-19 vaccine mandate, eventually terminating many employees. Kaiser Permanente scored a 100 scored a 100 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, Kaiser Permanente 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. Kaiser Permanente 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 provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion and transgender medical procedures for covered employees and dependents, including children. Kaiser Permanente has demonstrated a clear ideological bias in its provision of medical care and provides puberty blockers to minors. The company's medical benefits cover puberty blockers (even if they are minors), hormone therapy treatment, and gender reassignment surgeries for its employees and their children. Kaiser Permanente does not protect its employees against viewpoint discrimination. Kaiser Permanente supports ESG within its business practices, sign open legislation in support of the Equality Act, and the company's CEO signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge. Kaiser Permanente has pledged support to BLM and related causes and committed to addressing systemic racism. The company is a member of the MCCA, indicating its focus on recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees based on race. For these reasons, Kaiser Permanente receives a High Risk rating.

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