Corprate Bias Ratings
By complying with Human Rights Campaign's controversial demands, Michelin 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, marketing, and philanthropic support. Michelin 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. Michelin has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. Michelin has signed a Human Rights Campaign amicus brief in favor of sexual orientation and gender identity federal protections. Michelin's CEO signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge and committed to being carbon neutral by 2050. However, Michelin does provide viewpoint protections for its employees. For these reasons, Michelin receives a High Risk rating.
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.
Michelin received a score of 95 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. The company recruits employees based on sexual identity issues. The company discriminates against vendors that do not promote divisive sex and gender policies, indicating it prioritizes sexual issues over merit (1)(2). However, Michelin has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on political views or religious beliefs.
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Michelin’s HRC CEI rating indicates the company will not donate to non-religious charities unless they embrace controversial sexual identity policies (1)(2). Michelin’s charitable giving guidelines require that organizations abide by its nondiscrimination policy, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, thereby excluding some religious charities (3)(4).
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Michelin’s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company agrees to allow a controversial stakeholder group focused on sexual identity issues to dictate marketing or advertising strategy (1)(2). By doing so, the company risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. Michelin North America signed an amicus brief coordinated by the Human Rights Campaign in favor of supporting gender identity and sexual orientation protections (3). Michelin has made commitments to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, though this pledge may be in response to French government action (4). Michelin’s CEO signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, which includes a commitment to promote DEI through bias education training in the workplace (5).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
Michelin’s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company covers transgender related costs for its employees and their children, including paid short-term leave, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, chest surgeries, genital surgeries, medical visits and lab monitoring, travel and lodging. Additionally, the company has pledged philanthropic support of at least one organization or event that promotes sex and gender ideology (1)(2). By allowing a political stakeholder group to dictate operations, the company increases health care costs and risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders.
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January 15, 2024
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