Lowe’s Home Improvement

North Carolina
Retailing

Risk Level:

Rating - Clear
Lower Risk

Summary:

Lowe's does not fund ideological groups hostile to freedom of expression. Internally, the company did enable critical race theory-inspired training for employees. Lowe's does not protect its employees from viewpoint discrimination. Lowe's has not fired employees for religious or political beliefs. It has not publicly canceled any clients or contracts due to views or beliefs. For these reasons, Lowe's receives a "Lower Risk" rating.

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Corporate Weaponization
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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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Lowe’s Home Improvement received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign. Among other requirements, this means the company has pledged to vet vendors based on LGBTQ policies (1). However, Lowe’s has not publicly terminated business relationships due to religious or political beliefs.

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Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.

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Lowe’s does not match employee charitable contributions but does encourage volunteerism in general¬†(1). Their foundation’s charitable giving does not discriminate against religious organizations (2).

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

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Lowe’s does not protect employees from viewpoint discrimination (1).

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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Lowe’s advocated for critical race theory training, teaching employees to apologize for their inherent characteristics (1). Lowe’s also spoke out against the North Carolina biological bathroom bill passed by the state legislature, HB2 (2).

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

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Lowe’s does not fund ideological groups hostile to freedom of expression(1).

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

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Lowe’s has not used its PAC donations for ideological purposes (1)(2).

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March 23, 2023

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