Columbus, Ohio

Corporate Bias Rating

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Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk


Nationwide scored a 100 out of 100 on the 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, Nationwide increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company provides a benefits package for employees which covers transgender medical procedures for covered employees and dependents, including children. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. Nationwide 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’s CEO Kirt Walker signed Catalyst's Champions for Change pledge, indicating its support of DEI in its leadership composition through the establishment of gender and racial targets. Nationwide is a signatory of the Gender & Diversity KPI Alliance, appearing to prioritize diversity over merit in its business structure through the establishment of gender and racial targets for its leadership composition and its support of DEI in its hiring and promotions. The company supports the Equality Act. Nationwide’s CEO, Kirt A. Walker, signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, which includes a commitment to promote DEI through bias education training in the workplace. Nationwide is a platinum sponsor of the HRC and a platinum partner of the National Urban League. The company also pledged $2 million to the Black Lives Matter movement and related causes. Nationwide is a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. The company is a member of the MCCA, indicating its focus on recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees based on race. Nationwide has lobbied for the Equality Act. For these reasons, Nationwide receives a High Risk rating.

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Board Bias

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CEO of Nationwide

Kirt Walker

Kirt Walker


Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide is a member of the Fortune 250 operating in the Insurance industry. Kirt Walker and Jeffrey Zellers serve as CEO/President and Chairman, respectively, leading the company’s C-suite executive team and the board of directors. Amongst these teams, the collective leadership is responsible for $79,597 to Republican causes and $6,400 to Democratic causes. Under their tenure, Nationwide currently holds a 'High Risk' risk rating.

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Shareholder Proposals

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ESG Category
Summary of ResolutionMgmt RecTotal Vote % in Favor
6/3/24GovernanceNational Center for Public Policy ResearchCorporate Financial SustainabilityAgainstN/A
6/3/24SocialNew York City Employees' Retirement SystemReport on Use of AIAgainstN/A
6/3/24GovernanceKenneth SteinerAdopt a Shareholder Right to Call a Special Shareholder MeetingAgainstN/A
5/8/23GovernanceKenneth SteinerSimple Majority VoteAgainst43.00%
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