Corprate Bias Ratings
By complying with Human Rights Campaign's controversial demands, Staples 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 marketing. Staples 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 is a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce and educates its employees on social justice. For these reasons, Staples receives a High 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.
Staples has a written policy pledging to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies. It requires vendors to include sexual orientation and gender identity in its nondiscrimination policy (1). Staples has a Supplier Diversity Program by which the company gives preference to suppliers that are “at least 51% owned, controlled or operated by a diverse group,” including LGBTQ+, minority, and women-owned (2). Staples has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on political views or religious beliefs.
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Staples will donate to religious organizations if “they are engaged in a significant project which benefits a broad base of the community” (1). Staples has a grant program for employees suffering various hardships; the program does not appear to discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving (2).
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Staples HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company agrees to allow a controversial stakeholder group focused on sexual identity issues to dictate marketing or advertising strategy (1)(2). By doing so, the company risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. Former CEO Sandy Douglas signed the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion (3). Staples regularly promotes “a bi-monthly employee-led social justice video series” (4).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
Staples HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company covers transgender related costs for its employees and their children, including paid short-term leave, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, chest surgeries, genital surgeries, medical visits and lab monitoring, travel and lodging. Additionally, the company has pledged philanthropic support of at least one organization or event that promotes sex and gender ideology (1)(2). By allowing a political stakeholder group to dictate operations, the company increases health care costs and risks dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. Staples is a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (3)(4).
All links were last accessed and all information was updated on:
February 12, 2024
Company reports are intended for educational use only. Full Disclaimer