Patagonia

California
Consumer Durables and Apparel

Corporate Bias Rating

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High Risk

Summary:

Patagonia scored a 70 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with Human Rights Campaign’s controversial demands, Patagonia increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. Patagonia uses its reputation and corporate funds to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. Patagonia provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion and transgender medical procedures for covered employees and dependents, including children. The company canceled a contract with a client due to the client's affiliation with a GOP fundraiser. Patagonia does not protect its employees against viewpoint discrimination. The company supports the Equality Act, supports multiple LGBTQ causes, and opposed a Texas law restricting access to abortion. The company opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. Patagonia is a member of the "Don't Ban Equality" business coalition. The company denounced various states’ legislative efforts to protect election integrity and security. For these reasons, Patagonia receives a High Risk rating.

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