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Corporate Bias Rating

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Rating - Danger
High Risk


Petco received a score of 95 on the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI). By complying with Human Rights Campaign’s controversial demands, Petco 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. Petco forces employees to undergo multiple ideological trainings and uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. Petco does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees and supports LGBTQ Pride within its business practices. Petco is a member of multiple DEI advocacy organizations, and the company has engaged in ideological legislative advocacy. The company's CEO signed the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion pledge and has donated to The Trevor Project. Petco has embraced DEI, requiring unconscious bias training and pronouns on employee nametags. For these reasons, Petco receives a High Risk rating.

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