Panda Restaurant Group

Panda Express
California
Food Beverage and Tobacco

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

Panda Restaurant Groups has not terminated business relationships due to religious or political beliefs. The company does not allow donations to religious organizations and does not provide its employees with protection against viewpoint discrimination. Panda Restaurant Group launched a DEI council. Panda Express, one of Panda Restaurant Groups' brands uses its corporate funds to partner with ideological groups including the National Urban League. For these reasons, Panda Restaurant Group 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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Panda Restaurant Group has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on political views or religious beliefs.

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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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Panda Cares, Panda Restaurant Groups’ charitable giving foundation states that organizations must be “non-religious” to be eligible for donation (1).

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

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Rationale

Panda Restaurant Group does not provide its employees with protection against viewpoint discrimination (1).

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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Panda Restaurant Group has a DEI council comprising a Chief Diversity Officer and ambassadors that drive DEI engagement efforts toward workers, customers, and the community (1). Otherwise, it has not used its reputation to advance ideological causes or organizations (2).

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

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Rationale

Panda Express launched the Panda CommUnity, a $10 million pledge to advocate for DE&I initiatives, including LGBTQ issues (1). Panda Express has partnerships with the National Urban League, the Transgender Law Center, the BLMP, and many other ideological organizations (2)(3).

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

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N/A
Rationale

Panda Restaurant Group does not operate a PAC at this time (1).

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July 19, 2023

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