NRG Energy

Direct Energy
Texas
Energy

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

NRG Energy Inc. has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. By complying with Human Rights Campaign’s controversial demands, NRG Energy increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. NRG Energy does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees. NRG vets suppliers based on diversity metrics and discriminates against some religious organizations in its charitable giving. The company partners with multiple LGBTQ organizations and is a signatory of the Business Roundtable's 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism over traditional shareholder obligations. The company is a Ceres Network Member. However, NRG has not used its political contributions for ideological purposes. For these reasons, NRG 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

NRG Energy Inc. received a score of 55 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group (1)(2). Direct Energy received a score of 90 on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index. Among other requirements, this means the company has a written policy pledging to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies (3)(4). NRG Energy integrates ESG into all of its business practices. The company stated “NRG is working to accurately measure and ultimately reduce environmental impacts in our supply chain through collaboration and transparency, while pushing its suppliers to be more diverse, equitable, and inclusive” (5). The company 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

NRG Energy’s charitable giving guidelines require that organizations abide by its nondiscrimination policy, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, thereby excluding some religious charities (1). Direct Energy does not appear to discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. The company “supports organizations focused on improving the lives of children” (2).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

NRG Energy Inc. does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (1).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

NRG Energy’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. NRG Energy Inc. started the Sniper AI tool implementation to vet resumes to reduce unconscious bias in hiring processes (3). Its CEO Mauricio Gutierrez is a member of Business Roundtable and signed the Business Roundtable’s 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism over traditional obligations to shareholders and customers (4)(5). The company is a Ceres Network Member, committed to carbon neutrality by 2040 (6)(7).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

NRG Energy’s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates 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. NRG Energy Inc. funds organizations and initiatives that “combat racial inequities” including the Houston Area Urban League (3). Through the creation of NRG’s DEI Council, the company partners with multiple LGBTQ organizations including HiTops, The Center, and Out & Equal (4).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

NRG Energy’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. NRG Energy has not used its PAC donations or lobbying for ideological purposes (3)(4).

All links were last accessed and all information was updated on:
January 23, 2024

Company reports are intended for educational use only. Full Disclaimer

Generate Reports
Clear
Toast

This website stores cookies on your computer. These cookies are used to collect information about how you interact with our website and allow us to remember you. We use this information in order to improve and customize your browsing experience and for analytics and metrics about our visitors both on this website and other media. To find out more about the cookies we use, see our Privacy Policy.

Accept