Corprate Bias Ratings
Publicis Groupe is an advertising and PR company headquartered in Paris, France. Publicis Groupe is the holding company for a number of related subsidiaries, including Publicis Healthcare, Publicis Media, Publicis Sapient, Publicis Communications, Leo Burnett Worldwide, and Digitas. Publicis Groupe vets vendors according to LGBTQ policies and does not provide its employees with protections against viewpoint discrimination, though the company has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. The company has pledged to cover its US-based employees' abortion-related travel expenses. Publicis Media is a member of the Global Alliance for Responsible Media. Publicis Groupe has implements ESG practices into its business strategy and offers diversity training. The company uses its reputation and corporate dollars to push gender ideology. For these reasons, Publicis Groupe 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.
Publicis received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign (1). Among other requirements, this means Publicis pledges to vet its vendors for LGBTQ policies. Publicis Media is a member of the Global Alliance for Responsible Media, which aims to demonetize advertisements and suppress content that “vilifies” individuals based on sexual orientation and gender identity, discusses “debated social issues in a negative or partisan context” or spreads “hate speech” (2)(3)(4). However, the company has not publicly terminated business relationships due to ideological differences.
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Publicis does not have a written rule discriminating against religious organizations in its charitable giving (1).
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Publicis Groupe ran a pro-gun control campaign in Russia, and company executive Arthur Sadoun signed an open letter urging the US Senate to pass stricter gun control legislation (1)(2). Publicis has emphasized its DEI commitments, running an “Embrace Change” campaign that includes employee diversity training and an increased focus on race in hiring (3). Publicis Groupe has signed the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion pledge and remained involved with the organization (4). Publicis Groupe has allied with Tetu Connect, an LGBTQ policy-focused Think Tank in France (5). Publicis Groupe has published US Transition and Employment Support Guidelines and hosted a “Shine On Trans Awareness Week” (6). Publicis Groupe’s LGBTQ employee networks have raised over $550,000 for GLAAD and GLSEN and have helped Publicis Groupe agencies receive a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index (7). Publicis Groupe’s CEO Arthur Sadoun is a signatory to CEOs For Gun Safety (8).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
After Roe v. Wade was overturned, Publicis announced that it would expand its medical benefits to cover abortion-related travel costs for US-based employees (1). Publicis Media is a member of the Global Alliance for Responsible Media (2)(3)(4). Publicis Health is a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (5).
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August 22, 2023
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