National Fuel Gas Company

Seneca Resources
New York
Energy

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

National Fuel Gas Company (NFGC) has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. By complying with Human Rights Campaign’s controversial demands, NFGC 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. NFGC 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. The company does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees. The company integrates ESG into its business practices, tying executive compensation to ESG metrics. NFGC implements optional training for unconscious bias and microaggressions and offers an optional 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge. However, it does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving and has not used its corporate funds or PAC donations for ideological purposes. For these reasons, NFGC receives a Medium Risk rating.

Criteria
Risk Level
Rationale
Corporate Weaponization
Criteria

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.

Risk Level
Rationale

NFGC received a score of 75 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group (1)(2). NFGC has a written policy pledging to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies. Its Code of Vendor Conduct requires vendors to include sexual orientation and gender identity in their nondiscrimination policy (3). The company integrates ESG into its business practices, tying executive compensation to ESG metrics (4). However, NFGC has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on political views or religious beliefs.

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

NFGC does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. The National Fuel Gas Company Foundation focuses on funding community enrichment and safety, education, environmental stewardship, and veteran services (1)(2).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

NFGC’s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company forces employees to attend multiple, controversial trainings on gender identity, sexual orientation, transgender issues, and divisive racial ideology. The company provides a specific benefits guide with a comprehensive explanation of transgender services funded by the company (1)(2). NFGC does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (3).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.

Risk Level
Rationale

NFGC’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. NFGC implements optional training for unconscious bias and microaggression training. It also offers an optional 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge (3).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

NFGC’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.

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

NFGC’s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company publicly advocated for controversial sex and gender ideology through local, state or federal legislation or initiatives (1)(2). By allowing a political stakeholder group to dictate operations, the company risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. NFGC has not used its PAC donations for ideological purposes and has not used its lobbying for ideological purposes (3)(4)(5).

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January 10, 2024

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