UnitedHealth Group

LHC Group, USHealth Group, Freedom Life Insurance, National Foundation Life Insurance, Enterprise Life Insurance
Minnetonka, Minnesota
Health Care Equipment and Services

Corporate Bias Rating

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Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

Summary:

UnitedHealth Group 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, UnitedHealth Group increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. UnitedHealth Group 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 provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion and transgender medical procedures for covered employees and dependents, including children. UnitedHealth supports DEI within its business practices, forming the Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Office and an Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board. The company is committed to net zero emissions by 2035. UnitedHealth Group’s CEO, Andrew Witty, signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, which includes a commitment to promote DEI through bias education training in the workplace. The company is a silver sponsor of the HRC, a silver sponsor of Out and Equal, and a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. UnitedHealth Group is a member of the MCCA, indicating its focus on recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees based on race. For these reasons, UnitedHealth Group receives a High Risk rating.

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Board Bias

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CEO of UnitedHealth Group

Andrew Witty

Andrew Witty

Summary:

Headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota, UnitedHealth Group is a member of the Fortune 250 operating in the Health Care Equipment and Services industry. Andrew Witty and Stephen J. Hemsley 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 $271,493 to Republican causes and $361,197 to Democratic causes. Under their tenure, UnitedHealth Group currently holds a 'High Risk' risk rating.

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Political Contributions of Leadership:

$271,493

$361,197

Republican

Democrat

Shareholder Proposals

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Date
ESG Category
Proponent
Summary of ResolutionMgmt RecTotal Vote % in Favor
6/5/23GovernanceJohn CheveddenShareholder Ratification of Termination PayAgainst35.37%
6/5/23GovernanceEducational Foundation of AmericaPolitical Contributions Congruency ReportAgainst27.61%
6/5/23SocialMercy Investment Services, Inc.Third-Party Racial Equity AuditAgainst20.21%
6/6/22GovernanceJohn CheveddenShareholder Ratification of Termination PayAgainst42.56%
6/6/22SocialEducational Foundation of AmericaReport on Congruency of Political & Lobbying Spending with Values and PrioritiesAgainst36.70%
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