Utz Brands

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Pennsylvania
Food Beverage and Tobacco

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Clear
Lower Risk

Utz Brands, Inc., commonly known as Utz, vets vendors according to LGBTQ policies and does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees. The company has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs but integrates ESG into all of its business practices. Utz has not used its reputation or corporate funds for ideological purposes. UTZ does not appear to discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. For these reasons, Utz Brands receives a Lower Risk rating.

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Corporate Weaponization
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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.

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Rationale

Utz has a written policy pledging to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies. Its Supplier Code of Conduct requires suppliers to include sexual orientation and gender identity in its nondiscrimination policy (1). The company integrates ESG into all of its business practices, stating “Our financial performance and long-term success are inextricably tied to our ESG performance.” (2). Utz has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on political views or religious beliefs.

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Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.

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Rationale

Utz does not appear to discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving (1)(2).

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Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.

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Rationale

Utz does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (1)(2).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
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Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.

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Rationale

Utz Brands has not supported ideological causes or policies (1).

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Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.

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Rationale

Utz Brands has not used corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies (1).

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Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.

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N/A
Rationale

Utz does not operate a PAC or engage in lobbying at this time (1)(2).

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November 2, 2023

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