Corprate Bias Ratings
TOMs, which is a footwear company, vets vendors according to LGBTQ policies and does not publish a nondiscrimination policy. However, the company has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. TOMS supports the LGBTQ+ movement both with its reputation and corporate funds, partnering with multiple LGBTQ+ organizations, as well as organizing and funding an LGBTQ+ leadership camp. TOMS has donated to anti-gun rights movements and Black Lives Matter and requires all employees attend Anti-Racist learning. However, the company does not appear to discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. For these reasons, TOMS earns a Medium 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.
TOMS has a written policy pledging to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies. Its Code of Conduct applies to all suppliers and includes a commitment to not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation (1). However, the company has not fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on political or religious beliefs.
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
TOMS created and sponsored, Brave Trails, an LGBTQ+ Leadership camp for youth (1). The company donates to the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Colors, and ProjectQ (2)(3). Additionally, in 2022, 19% of TOMS funds were donated to “ending gun violence” (4). In 2020, TOMS pledged a donation to Black Lives Matter and partners with multiple LGBTQ+ groups including AFFIRM and Colors(5)(6)(7)(8).
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October 15, 2023
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