Panera Bread

Saint Louis, Missouri
Food and Staples Retailing

Corporate Bias Rating

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High Risk


Panera Bread scored a 90 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, the company increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company covers transgender-related medical costs for its employees and their children and provides specific sexual orientation and gender identity-based benefits. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. Panera Bread uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. Panera Bread does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees. The company is a Bronze sponsor of the HRC and requires unconscious bias training for its employees. For these reasons, Panera Bread receives a High Risk rating.

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