Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Household and Personal Products

Corporate Bias Rating

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Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk


Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance scored a 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, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance (Northwestern Mutual), 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. Northwestern Mutual 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. Northwestern Mutual’s Chairman, President and CEO signed Catalyst's Champions for Change pledge. The company supports the LGBTQ movement and funds multiple LGBTQ organizations. Northwestern Mutual 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. For these reasons, Northwestern Mutual receives a High Risk rating.

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Board Bias

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CEO of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance

John Schlifske

John Schlifske


Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance is a member of the Fortune 250 operating in the Household and Personal Products industry. John Schlifske and John Schlifske 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 $152,109 to Republican causes and $87,586 to Democratic causes. Under their tenure, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance currently holds a 'High Risk' risk rating.

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