Volvo

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Sweden
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Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

In 2017, Volvo pulled advertising from a Fox News show over an opinion held by the host. The company vets vendors according to LGBTQ policies and does not protect its employees against viewpoint discrimination. Volvo is part of the Global Alliance for Responsible Media and has used its corporate image to promote same-sex couples and LGBTQ ideologies. The company expanded its parental leave benefits to LGBTQ couples and has sponsored Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) events. Volvo has lobbied for ideological purposes including the "For the People" act in 2019. For these reasons, Volvo receives a High Risk rating.

Criteria
Risk Level
Rationale
Corporate Weaponization
Criteria

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.

Risk Level
Rationale

In 2017, Volvo pulled its advertising on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show in light of his opinion of the Roy Moore coverage (1)(2). Volvo 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 and gender identity, discusses “debated social issues in a negative or partisan context” or spreads “hate speech” (3)(4)(5). Volvo has a written policy pledging to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies. Its Code of Conduct applies to all suppliers and includes a commitment to not discriminate on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation (5).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

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

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

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

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Volvo ran an ad in 2018 that promoted same-sex parents and in 2019 announced that it would be expanding its parental leave benefits within Europe, the Middle-East, and Africa. This announcement was shared featuring a gay couple and their female child (1)(2)(3). The company has indicated that family planning benefits are for all employees, including same-sex couples (4).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Volvo is a member of the Global Alliance for Responsible Media (1)(2)(3). In 2003, Volvo sponsored HRC fundraiser events in Atlanta and San Francisco (4).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Volvo does not operate a PAC at this time but has lobbied for “The For the People Act of 2019” (1)(2).

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October 3, 2023

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