Warner Bros. Discovery

TBS, HBO (Max), Discovery Education, Cinemax, TNT, WarnerMedia, Discovery Inc., CNN
California
Media and Entertainment

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

Warner Bros. Discovery is the result of a 2022 merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery. Discovery Inc., a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Discovery, scored a 65 on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI). By complying with Human Rights Campaign’s controversial demands, the company increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company covers transgender-related medical costs for its employees and their children. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, and philanthropic support. Discovery and CNN provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion. Warner Bros. does not provide its employees with protections against viewpoint discrimination but has not publicly terminated business relationships due to views or beliefs. Warner Bros. Warner Media opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. For these reasons, Warner Bros. Discovery receives a Medium Risk rating.

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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

Discovery Inc., a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Discovery, received a score of 65 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. The company recruits employees based on sexual identity issues. The company discriminates against vendors that do not promote divisive sex and gender policies, indicating it prioritizes sexual issues over merit (1)(2)(3). However, the company has not publicly terminated business relationships due to views or beliefs.

Criteria

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

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Rationale

Warner Bros. Discovery does not not have a rule discriminating against religious organizations in its charitable giving (1). Discovery Inc.’s HRC CEI rating indicates the company will not donate to non-religious charities unless they embrace controversial sexual identity policies (2)(3)(4).

Criteria

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

Risk Level
Rationale

Warner Bros. Discovery does not provide protections against viewpoint discrimination (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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Warner Media opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces (1). In partnership with the RFK Human Rights organization, Discovery Education promoted a 15-year-old student who is an “ambassador for the Human Rights Council” (2)(3). Discovery Education also has material that instructs Year 5 students on “identity” (4).

Criteria

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

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Warner Bros. Discovery and CNN provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion (1)(2)(3) The company stated, “In light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision, we immediately expanded our health care benefits options to cover transportation expenses for employees and their covered family members who need to travel to access abortion and reproductive care,” (4). In 2020, Warner Bros. Discovery signed a deal with Black Lives Matter founder Patrisse Cullors sponsoring her to make digital content for the network (5)(6). However, no content was ever released, and in 2023 Ms. Cullors was quietly let go (7). Discovery Inc.’s HRC 2023 CEI rating indicates the company covers transgender related costs for its employees and their children, including paid short-term leave, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, chest surgeries, genital surgeries, medical visits and lab monitoring, travel and lodging (8)(9)(10)(11).

Criteria

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

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Rationale

Warner Bros. Discovery has not used its PAC donations or lobbying for ideological purposes (1)(2)(3).

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February 20, 2024

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Voting History

Date
ESG Category
Proponent
Summary of ResolutionMgmt RecTotal Vote % in Favor
5/8/23GovernanceKenneth SteinerSimple Majority VoteAgainst43.00%
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