Wesco International

Anixter International
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Corporate Bias Rating

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Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk


Wesco scored an 85 on the 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, Wesco International increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company covers transgender-related medical costs for its employees and their children and provides specific sexual orientation and gender identity-based benefits. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in marketing. Wesco International forces employees to undergo multiple ideological trainings and uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. Wesco supports ESG within its business practices and is a signatory of the Business Roundtable's 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism. The company's CEO signed the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion pledge and is a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. However, it does not discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or beliefs and has not lobbied for ideological purposes. For these reasons, Wesco International receives a Medium Risk rating.

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Board Bias

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CEO of Wesco International

John J. Engel

John J. Engel


Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Wesco International is a member of the Fortune 250 operating in the Utilities industry. John J. Engel and John J. Engel serve as CEO/President and Chairman, respectively, leading the company’s C-suite executive team and the board of directors. Amongst these teams, the collective leadership is responsible for $0 to Republican causes and $90 to Democratic causes. Under their tenure, Wesco International currently holds a 'Medium Risk' risk rating.

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