Corprate Bias Ratings
Qualcomm vets vendors according to LGBTQ policies and does not provide its employees with protections against viewpoint discrimination. However, it has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. The company covers the cost of "medically necessary transition-related care” for its employees and their children. Qualcomm discriminates against religious organizations in its charitable giving. The company donates to Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Qualcomm has supported the Equality Act and is a brass sponsor of Out & Equal. The company is a signatory of the Business Roundtable's 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism. However, it has not used its PAC contributions for ideological purposes. For these reasons, Qualcomm receives a Medium 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.
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Qualcomm will not donate to faith-based organizations “unless such organization’s programs are broadly promoted (i.e., not limited to persons of any particular faith) and none of its beneficiaries are encouraged or required to learn about, adhere, or convert to any religious or other faith based doctrine” (1). Faith-based schools are also not eligible for donations “unless the school accepts students from all religious and non-religious backgrounds and the students are not required to adhere to or convert to any religious or other faith-based doctrine.” Denominational organizations are also ineligible for gift-matching purposes, despite the company enabling donations to ideological organizations. Organizations that do not protect against discrimination for gender identity and/or expression and sexuality orientation are also ineligible for charitable funds.
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Qualcomm has signed an open letter in support of the Equality Act (1). Qualcomm had invited notable critical race theorist Ibram X. Kendi to speak to employees on issues of race (2). In 2016, the company spoke out against a North Carolina legislation, HB2, that would require people to use the bathroom of their biological gender (3)(4). CEO Cristiano R. Amon is a member of the Business Roundtable and Former CEO Steve Mollenkopf signed its 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism over traditional obligations to shareholders and customers (5)(6).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
Qualcomm has a perfect score on the HRC’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index. This score indicates the company covers the cost of “medically necessary transition-related care” for its employees and their children (1)(2). Qualcomm has sponsored local Planned Parenthood facilities (3). Qualcomm has pledged $1.5 million to the Black Lives Matter movement and related causes, including the ACLU (4)(5). Qualcomm is a brass sponsor of Out & Equal (6).
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November 28, 2023
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