United Airlines

Chicago, Illinois
Transportation

Corporate Bias Rating

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Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

Summary:

United Airlines, canceled a business contract with the NRA over activist pressure. The company has also drawn controversy for its strict enforcement of a vaccine mandate, including punishing employees with a religious exemption with temporary unpaid leave. After laying off unvaccinated pilots due to Covid-19, United Airlines began a diversity initiative to recruit more diverse pilots. United Airlines scored a 100 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with Human Rights Campaign’s controversial demands, United 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. United 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 United Airlines over discriminatory practices in hiring. United Airlines has donated to Planned Parenthood and is a gold partner of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). The company supports the Equality Act and transgender participation in women's and girls' sports. United Airlines is a corporate partner of the NGLCC and is a gold sponsor of the HRC. The company is a signatory of the Business Roundtable's 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism. United Airlines opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. The company denounced various states’ legislative efforts to protect election integrity and security. United Airlines signed an amicus brief in opposition to the 2016 North Carolina bathroom bill HB2, which required people to use the bathroom of their biological sex. For these reasons, United Airlines receives a High Risk rating.

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Board Bias

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CEO of United Airlines

Scott Kirby

Scott Kirby

Summary:

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, United Airlines is a member of the Fortune 250 operating in the Transportation industry. Scott Kirby and Edward M. Philip 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 $85,290 to Republican causes and $501,981 to Democratic causes. Under their tenure, United Airlines currently holds a 'High Risk' risk rating.

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Political Contributions of Leadership:

$85,290

$501,981

Republican

Democrat

Shareholder Proposals

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Date
ESG Category
Proponent
Summary of ResolutionMgmt RecTotal Vote % in Favor
5/25/22SocialJohn CheveddenReport on Lobbying Payments and PolicyAgainst36.58%
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