Land O’Lakes

Purina Mills
Arden Hills, Minnesota
Food Beverage and Tobacco

Corporate Bias Rating

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Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk


Land O’Lakes scored a 75 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, Land O'Lakes, a food manufacturer, increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company covers transgender-related medical costs for its employees and their children and provides specific sexual orientation and gender identity-based benefits. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, and philanthropic support. Land O'Lakes uses its corporate funds to support controversial sex and gender ideologies and organizations. Land O'Lakes does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees. However, the company has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. Land O'Lakes changed its logo in response to activist pressure and is a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). The company is a signatory of the Business Roundtable's 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism. However, Land O'Lakes has not used its PAC donations or lobbied for ideological purposes. For these reasons, Land O'Lakes receives a Medium Risk rating.

Board Bias

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CEO of Land O’Lakes

Beth Ford

Beth Ford


Headquartered in Arden Hills, Minnesota, Land O’Lakes is a member of the Fortune 250 operating in the Food Beverage and Tobacco industry. Beth Ford and Rick Brand 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 $20,750 to Republican causes and $81,950 to Democratic causes. Under their tenure, Land O’Lakes currently holds a 'Medium Risk' risk rating.

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