Reynolds American Inc.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Food Beverage and Tobacco

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High Risk

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Reynolds American Inc., a tobacco company, does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees. However, it has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. Reynolds American scored an 85 on the 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, the company increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company provides a benefits package for employees which covers transgender medical procedures for covered employees and dependents, including children. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in marketing. Reynolds American uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. The Reynolds American Foundation’s charitable giving guidelines require that organizations abide by its nondiscrimination policy, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, thereby excluding some religious charities. It "will not generally consider funding...requests from churches". Reynolds American endorses affirmative action. Reynolds American's former CEO Guy Meldrum signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, which includes a commitment to promote DEI through bias education training in the workplace. Reynolds American pledged $3 million to organizations and groups that "combat racism and inequality in the pursuit of social justice". Reynolds American is a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Reynolds American is aiming for net zero by 2030, and it integrates ESG into its business practices. For these reasons, Reynolds American Inc. receives a High Risk rating.

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