Morningstar is a financial services firm headquartered in Chicago. Morningstar does not protect employees from viewpoint discrimination, and the company has pledged to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies. Morningstar utilizes ESG criteria for investing and has recently experienced discriminatory issues with its ESG reporting services related to biases against Israelis and Jews. This triggered investigations into the firm. Morningstar offers potential clients advice on how to avoid certain industries, such as fossil fuels or firearms, in portfolios. CEO Kunal Kapoor has signed the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion pledge, and the company has advocated for the Equality Act and against state-level election integrity measures. Morningstar pledged to cover abortion-related travel costs for employees after the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and the company likely does not match donations to religious organizations. For these reasons, Morningstar earns 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.
Morningstar Inc. received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign (1). Among other requirements, this means the company has pledged to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies and advocate for LGBTQ communities and policies. Sustainalytics, the ESG reporting arm of Morningstar, received criticism in 2022 for its “Human Rights Radar” product, which an independent review found unfairly targeted Israeli businesses and investments relative to those in other high-risk regions (2). Morningstar terminated the product, apologized, and took multiple steps to bolster its corporate transparency. The Texas Attorney General investigated Morningstar for this development (3). Morningstar has embraced ESG investing and reporting, offering advice and strategies for avoiding investments in industries such as fossil fuels and firearms (4)(5)(6).
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Morningstar uses Benevity, which disqualifies donations to religious organizations and partners with the SPLC, for its donation matching program (1).
Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.
Morningstar does not protect employees from political viewpoint discrimination (1).
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Morningstar is a member of the Business Coalition for the Equality Act (1). CEO Kunal Kapoor has signed the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion pledge, and the Morningstar blog has supported other CEO’s for doing the same (2)(3). Morningstar has joined the Civic Alliance, which opposes state-level election integrity bills (4). Morningstar has fully embraced ESG reporting, offering advice and strategies for avoiding investments in industries such as fossil fuels and firearms (5)(6).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
After the Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, Morningstar announced that it would expand its employee benefits to cover abortion-related travel expenses (1).
Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.
Morningstar Inc. does not have a PAC.
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January 27, 2023
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