Union Pacific Corp. (UP)

Omaha, Nebraska
Transportation

Corporate Bias Rating

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Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

Summary:

UP scored a 100 out of 100 on the 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, Union Pacific Corp. (UP), increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company provides a benefits package for employees which covers transgender medical procedures for covered employees and dependents, including children. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. UP 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 implemented an unconscious bias training course for its employees. UP supports the Equality Act, a controversial bill. The company was part of the Freedom for All Americans coalition, which advocated for federal legislation that would overrule state laws designed to protect girls' sports and similar laws. UP opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. The company opposed legislation in Iowa intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. UP opposed the Florida Parental Rights in Education Act, which would prohibit teaching gender identity and sexual orientation to kids in K-3rd grade. UP's CEO is a member of the Business Roundtable and signed its 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism over traditional obligations to shareholders and customers. The company’s former CEO, Lance Fritz, signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, which includes a commitment to promote DEI through bias education training in the workplace. UP is a Corporate Member of the Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce and donated to the Progressive Americans for Democracy. For these reasons, Union Pacific Corp. receives a High Risk rating.

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Board Bias

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CEO of Union Pacific Corp. (UP)

Lance M. Fritz

Lance M. Fritz

Summary:

Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Union Pacific Corp. (UP) is a member of the Fortune 250 operating in the Transportation industry. Lance M. Fritz and Lance M. Fritz 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 $22,600 to Republican causes and $2,000 to Democratic causes. Under their tenure, Union Pacific Corp. (UP) currently holds a 'High Risk' risk rating.

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Political Contributions of Leadership:

$22,600

$2,000

Republican

Democrat

Shareholder Proposals

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Date
ESG Category
Proponent
Summary of ResolutionMgmt RecTotal Vote % in Favor
5/18/23GovernanceJohn CheveddenIndependent Board ChairAgainst20.50%
5/18/23GovernanceJames McRitchieRequire Shareholder Approval For Certain Advance Notice Bylaw AmendmentsAgainst17.70%
5/18/23GovernanceTrillium Asset ManagementRequesting an Employee Paid Sick Leave PolicyAgainst11.70%
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