Corprate Bias Ratings
Vivendi which is a mass media holding company has not publicly terminated business practices based on views or beliefs. Vivendi is the parent company of a variety of media and advertising companies, including Havas, Gameloft, and DailyMotion. Vivendi formerly owned Universal Music Group and maintains a significant stake in UMG's ownership despite partially spinning out the organization in 2021. Vivendi is also a part of the Bollore family's holdings, as the family owns 30% of the company and Yannick Bollore serves as its CEO. Vivendi provides anti-discrimination protections, launched several ESG and DEI initiatives, and integrates diversity training for its employees. In addition, Havas has implied that the company will fund abortion-related travel costs for employees and is a member of the Global Alliance for Responsible Media. Vivendi has held benefit concerts and donated the proceeds directly to BLM. For these reasons, Vivendi receives 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.
Havas is a member of the Global Alliance for Responsible Media, which aims to demonetize advertisements and suppress content that “vilifies” individuals based on sexual orientation or gender identity (1)(2). Vivendi has committed to various ESG goals, even tying executive pay to outcomes (3)(4). Vivendi has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on views or beliefs.
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Vivendi does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable program (1).
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Vivendi signed the French Business Climate Pledge and joined Ecoprod, pledging to achieve carbon neutrality and fight the “climate emergency” (1)(2). Vivendi and its subsidiaries have committed to ideological climate and DEI-related practices (3). Canal+ Group, one of Vivendi’s subsidiaries, has defined its diversity and inclusion policy based on five key priorities: gender equality, health and disability, generational diversity, racial diversity and the LGBTQ+ community (4). Havas Group CEO Yannick Bolloré is a signatory of CEOs For Gun Safety (5).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
After the overturning of Roe v. Wade, a spokesperson from Vivendi subsidiary Havas stated that the company was “discussing various ways to support [its] employees” (1). However, it is unclear whether Havas decided to provide corporate funds to employees seeking abortions. Havas is a member of the Global Alliance for Responsible Media (2)(3)(4). Vivendi has held several benefit events and donated the proceeds to the Black Lives Matter organization (5)(6).
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August 24, 2023
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