Novartis has an Environmental Sustainability Criteria Guide which suppliers have to abide by to do business. Novartis has pledged to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies, makes some religious nonprofits ineligible for donations, and does not protect against viewpoint discrimination. Nonetheless, Novartis does not use corporate funds or other actions to advance ideological causes hostile to freedom of expression. For these reasons, Novartis receives a Medium 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.
Novartis received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign. Among other requirements, this means the company has pledged to vet vendors based on LGBTQ policies (1). Novartis’s Environmental Sustainability Criteria for Suppliers requires that each “Supplier shall ensure that all products and/or services procured by Novartis should be carbon neutral by 2030” (2).
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Novartis will not match employee donations to religious organizations “unless they furnish services to benefit the general public” (1).
Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.
Novartis does not protect employees from viewpoint discrimination (1).
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Novartis supports the UN’s LGBTI Standards of Conduct (1). Novartis hosted a Juneteenth program and a day of reflection for employees to speak about diversity and inclusion within the company (2). Novartis publishes “The Novartis in Society Integrated Report” to outline its ESG efforts” (3). This includes its 2030 environmental sustainability strategy, the goal of Net Zero by 2040, and its signature on The Climate Pledge (4)(5)(6). Novartis joined the Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) that advocates for ESG to policymakers (7).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.
Novartis donates in a bipartisan manner and has not weaponized its PAC (1).
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February 13, 2023
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