McKinsey & Company

Washington D.C.
Commercial and Professional Services

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm, vets vendors according to LGBTQ policies and does not provide its employees with protections against viewpoint discrimination. It has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs, though. The company is a member of the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality (PGLE) and publicly advocates for the Equality Act. McKinsey & Company covers the cost of "medically necessary transition-related care" for its employees and their children. However, the company does not seem to discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving and has not used its PAC contributions for ideological purposes. For these reasons, McKinsey & Company receives a Medium 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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McKinsey & Company has received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index. Among other requirements, this means the company has a written policy pledging to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies (1)(2). The company has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on political views or religious 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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Rationale

McKinsey & Company claims to support over 600 nonprofits each year and appears to match employee donations (1). The firm does not seem to discriminate against faith-based charities.

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

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McKinsey & Company does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (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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McKinsey & Company’s PGLE membership reflects its commitment to “operationalize” company coverage of transgender surgery and treatment, the vetting of business partners based on LGBTQ+ policies, and the financial support of LGBTQ organizations on a global level (1)(2)(3). McKinsey & Company signed an open letter advocating for the Equality Act (4). Global Managing Partner Bob Sternfels is a member of the Business Roundtable, but has not supported ideological initiatives (5). The company has also posted multiple blog posts highlighting its support of LGBT ideas and causes (6)(7)(8).

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

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McKinsey & Company 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 is also a PGLE member (3). In 2020, McKinsey & Company pledged $5 million “to nonprofits working to create educational opportunities and combat racism,” though the organizations were primarily focused on economic development (4)(5).

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

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McKinsey & Company has not used its political contributions for ideological purposes (1).

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November 28, 2023

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