Despite its pledge to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies and lack of political affiliation protections for its employees, Spotify has not publicly canceled any business relationships or fired any employees due to views or beliefs. It withstood liberal cancel culture pressure when a stream of boycotts asked Spotify to remove Joe Rogan from its platform. Spotify supports the Equality Act but has not otherwise used its corporate reputation to support ideological causes or groups hostile to freedom of expression. For these reasons, Spotify receives a "Lower 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.
Spotify has not publicly terminated business relationships due to religious beliefs or political views. The company received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign. Among other requirements, this means Spotify has pledged to vet vendors based on LGBTQ policies (1). Spotify has refused to cave to activist pressure to cancel the popular Joe Rogan Experience podcast over accusations of “vaccine misinformation” (2).
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Spotify restricts its charitable giving to nonprofits supporting racial justice and sustaining private music and entertainment venues (especially during the COVID-19 pandemic). Spotify has no policy indicating discriminatory practices against faith-based charities (1).
Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.
Spotify does not protect its employees from viewpoint discrimination (1).
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Spotify has signed a letter in support of the Equality Act (1). It has not otherwise used its corporate reputation to support ideological causes or policies.
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
Spotify has hosted fundraising events for nonprofits supporting racial justice, one of which benefited the progressive ideological group Color of Change (1). It has not explicitly used funds to support partisan political groups or advance agendas.
Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.
Spotify does not have a PAC.
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March 27, 2023
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