Warby Parker

New York
Retailing

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

Warby Parker has pulled its advertisements from Breitbart and Daily Wire after the 2016 election. The company does not protect its employees against viewpoint discrimination and advocated for federal legislation that would overrule state laws designed to protect girls' sports. Warby Parker supports the Equality Act, advocates for voting reform, and opposed Florida's Parental Rights in Education Law. The company covers the cost of "medically necessary transition-related care” for its employees and their children. Warby Parker pledged support to BLM and related causes but does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. For these reasons, Warby Parker receives a High 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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Warby Parker received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. Among other requirements, this means the company has a written policy pledging to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies (1)(2). Warby Parker pulled ads from Breitbart News’ website and The Daily Wire after Trump’s 2016 election victory (3)(4).

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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

Warby Parker does not 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

Warby Parker 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.

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Warby Parker supports the Equality Act and opposed the Florida Parental Rights in Education Act, which prevents the teaching of gender identity and sexual orientation to kids in K-3rd grade (1)(2). The company was part of the Freedom for All Americans coalition, which advocated for federal legislation that would overrule state laws designed to protect girls’ sports and similar laws (3). The company has signed statements in opposition of Anti-Transgender legislation (4). Warby Parker has also signed an American Civil Liberties Union amicus brief challenging a federal order for undocumented immigrants not to be counted on the 2020 Census, as well as advocating for election reform such as mail-in ballots (5).

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

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Warby Parker has a perfect score on the HRC’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index. This score indicates the company covers the cost of “medically necessary transition-related care” for its employees and their children (1)(2). The company has pledged $1 million to the Black Lives Matter movement and related causes (3)(4).

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

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Warby Parker does not operate a PAC at this time (1).

All links were last accessed and all information was updated on:
November 30, 2023

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