Penguin Random House
Penguin Random House canceled a contract with an author due to a lack of diversity in his historical book. The company does not protect employees from viewpoint discrimination. It did provide "antiracism" training for employees and hosted a company-wide book discussion based upon the writings of the leftist author Ibram X. Kendi. Penguin Random House does not donate its funds or corporate advocacy to discriminate or advance agendas. For these reasons, Penguin Random House receives a "High Risk" rating.
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.
Penguin Random House does have a written policy requiring suppliers to have pro-LGBTQ policies (1). The company notably canceled a book contract with historian Richard Cohen in 2021 for “not highlighting enough black figures.” Cohen made significant edits to include more of such figures, but the contract was still canceled (2)(3). Nonetheless, the company claims to take a stand against book banning (4).
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Penguin Random House limits its charitable giving to book and audiobook donations to various nonprofits. It does not discriminate against faith-based charities in its giving (1).
Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.
Penguin Random House does not explicitly protect its employees from viewpoint discrimination (1).
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Penguin Random House has antiracism training for employees and hosted its first-ever “company-wide read,”which was Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to be an Antiracist” (1). After the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Penguin Random House “prepared a book list that includes titles on the history of abortion rights and the people who fought for them” (2).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
Penguin Random House does not donate to ideological groups hostile to freedom of expression (1).
Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.
Penguin Random House does not have a PAC or a history of political giving.
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December 28, 2022
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