Ocean Spray

Massachusetts
Food Beverage and Tobacco

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

Ocean Spray, an agricultural cooperative, vets vendors for LGBTQ policies but has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. The company covers the cost of "medically necessary transition-related care" for its employees and their children. Ocean Spray supports the Equality Act, offers multiple ideological trainings to its employees, and offers free educational resources on how to combat racism. It also donated to the Equal Justice Initiative and lobbied for the Improving VA Workforce Diversity Through Minority-serving Institutions Act of 2022. However, it does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. For these reasons, Ocean Spray receives a Medium Risk rating.

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Corporate Weaponization
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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.

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Ocean Spray has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on political views or religious beliefs. The company received a score of 100 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 (1)(2).

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

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Ocean Spray does not appear to discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. The Ocean Spray Community Fund “provides resources to organizations that improve the quality of life in our farmer communities” (1)(2)(3).

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

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Ocean Spray does not publish a nondiscrimination policy (1)(2).

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

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Ocean Spray supports the Equality Act (1). In the wake of George Floyd’s death, the company launched unconscious bias, D&I, allyship, and cultural-awareness training. It also started providing free resources to its employees on how to combat racism (2). Ocean Spray has used its social media accounts to publicize its participation in LGBT events such as the Boston Pride Parade and celebrate other LGBT causes (3)(4).

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

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Ocean Spray has a perfect score on the HRC’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index. This score indicates the company covers the cost of “medically necessary transition-related care” for its employees and their children (1)(2). In the wake of George Floyd’s death, Ocean Spray donated to the Equal Justice Initiative. It also pledged to prioritize funding for organizations advocating for justice and equality, though it is unclear which organizations received support (3)(4).

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

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Ocean Spray has lobbied for the “Improving VA Workforce Diversity Through Minority-serving Institutions Act of 2022″(1). However, the company does not operate a PAC at this time (2).

All links were last accessed and all information was updated on:
December 5, 2023

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