Ross Stores

dd's Discounts
California
Retailing

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

Ross Stores 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 is a corporate partner of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and pledged $500,000 to BLM and related causes. Ross openly openly discriminates against faith-based organizations in its charitable giving and is a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. However, it has not used its reputation for ideological purposes. For these reasons, Ross Stores receives a Medium Risk rating.

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Risk Level
Rationale
Corporate Weaponization
Criteria

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.

Risk Level
Rationale

Ross Stores received a score of 90 on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index. Among other requirements, this means the company has pledged to vet vendors based on LGBTQ policies (1). However, the company has not publicly terminated business relationships due to views or beliefs.

Criteria

Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.

Risk Level
Rationale

“Ross will not support organizations or programs that spread political or religious beliefs or those who discriminate” (1).

Criteria

Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.

Risk Level
Rationale

Ross Stores does not provide protections against viewpoint discrimination (1).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.

Risk Level
Rationale

There are no publicly known cases of Ross Stores using its corporate reputation to advance ideological causes.

Criteria

Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.

Risk Level
Rationale

Ross Stores is a bronze partner of the HRC (1). Ross Stores pledged $500,000 to the Black Lives Matter movement and related causes (2)(3). Ross Stores and dd’s Discounts are corporate partners of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (4).

Criteria

Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.

Risk Level
N/A
Rationale

Ross Stores does not have an active PAC.

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August 19, 2023

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