Southwest Airlines

Dallas, Texas
Transportation

Corporate Bias Rating

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Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

Summary:

Southwest Airlines terminated an employee in 2017 for her pro-life views. Southwest Airlines scored a 100 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, Southwest Airlines 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. Southwest Airlines 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. The company does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees. America First Legal filed a letter with the EEOC requesting a civil rights investigation into Southwest Airlines over discriminatory practices in hiring. The company supports the Equality Act and funds multiple LGBTQ groups. Southwest also partners with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and issued a statement opposing state-level election security laws. The company has partnerships with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and is a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). For these reasons, Southwest Airlines receives a High Risk rating.

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Board Bias

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CEO of Southwest Airlines

Robert E. Jordan

Robert E. Jordan

Summary:

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Southwest Airlines is a member of the Fortune 250 operating in the Transportation industry. Robert E. Jordan and Gary C. Kelly serve as CEO/President and Chairman, respectively, leading the company’s C-suite executive team and the board of directors. Amongst these teams, the collective leadership is responsible for $0 to Republican causes and $0 to Democratic causes. Under their tenure, Southwest Airlines currently holds a 'High Risk' risk rating.

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Shareholder Proposals

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Date
ESG Category
Proponent
Summary of ResolutionMgmt RecTotal Vote % in Favor
5/17/23GovernanceJohn CheveddenImprove Right to Remove Unqualified DirectorsAgainst53.00%
5/17/23GovernanceKenneth SteinerShareholder Ratification of Termination PayAgainst10.30%
5/18/22GovernanceJohn CheveddenAdopt Majority Vote Cast to Remove Directors With or Without CauseAgainst47.50%
5/18/22GovernanceKenneth SteinerShareholder Ratification of Termination PayAgainst40.91%
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