Okta

California
Software and Services

Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

Summary:

Okta, an authentication web service, has not terminated relationships due to religious or political beliefs. However, it does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees and, according to its charitable giving guidelines, may restrict donations to certain faith-based charities. Okta has supported various ideological causes, such as the Equality Act, and has financially supported many ideological groups including Black Lives Matter and the ACLU. It partners with companies to focus on achieving ESG goals. For these reasons, Okta receives a "High Risk" rating.

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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

There are no publicly known instances of Okta terminating business relationships due to religious or political beliefs.

Criteria

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

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Rationale

Okta’s charitable giving policy states that the company¬†“will not donate products or services to any organization whose mission or activities promote opposition toward protected groups including on the basis of religion, race, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristics that are associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization.” For these reasons, religious organizations may be ineligible to receive donations (1). Okta partners with TechSoup to validate nonprofits for eligibility (2).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Okta does not protect employees from viewpoint discrimination (1).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

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

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Rationale

In 2020, Okta launched the Inclusive Language Project with the goal of removing the “usages of non-inclusive terms from our code, product, and documentation and building a culture of inclusive language across the organization” (1). Okta has committed to multiple acts of public advocacy for or engagement with the LGBTQ movement, including signing in support of The Equality Act (2)(3). Okta also promotes its partnership with Planned Parenthood (4). Okta supports companies in their support of ESG goals (5).¬†

Criteria

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

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Rationale

Okta donates to LGBTQ organizations including The Trevor Project (1). Okta donated over $400k in racial justice grants including to Black Lives Matter (2)(3). Okta also matched 100% of employee donations to the ACLU, Equal Justice Initiative, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the NAACP (4).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
N/A
Rationale

Okta does not have a PAC or make political contributions.

All links were last accessed and all information was updated on:
March 23, 2023

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