Corprate Bias Ratings
Wolverine Worldwide, a footwear and apparel manufacturer, vets vendors for LGBTQ policies and does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees. However, the company has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. The company integrates ESG into all of its business practices. Wolverine Worldwide implements unconscious bias and diversity trainings for its employees and regularly supports LGBTQ Pride. The company launched a new preferred pronouns HR Software in 2022 and regularly funds ideological organizations. Wolverine Worldwide partnered with the Running Industry Diversity Coalition (RIDC) to aid Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging in the running industry. However, it does not appear to discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving and has not lobbied for ideological purposes. For these reasons, Wolverine Worldwide 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.
Wolverine Worldwide has a written policy pledging to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies. Its Code of Business Conduct requires its business partners to include sexual orientation and gender identity in its nondiscrimination policy (1). Wolverine Worldwide integrates ESG into all of its business practices. It says ESG is “a way of categorizing factors that impact a company’s performance as well as a strategy for integrating these factors into the business to operate in a sustainable manner” (2). However, the company has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on political views or religious beliefs.
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Wolverine Worldwide does not appear to discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. The company focuses on funding “education, the environment, arts and culture, and human aid and service” (1).
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Wolverine Worldwide implements unconscious bias and diversity training for its employees and regularly supports LGBTQ Pride (1)(2)(3). In 2022, the company launched a new software in order to give employees the ability to “self-select their preferred pronouns. Every employee is encouraged to review their profile and edit their pronouns to reflect their personal preferences” (4).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
Wolverine’s company Chaco “donated $20,000 to Brave Trails to support its mission of building the next generation of LGBTQ+ change makers” (1). Hush Puppies, a Wolverine brand, “donated 100% of net proceeds from their Charlie Pride Sneaker and Pride Cap to the Free Mom Hugs Organization” (2). Another Wolverine brand, Saucony partnered with the Running Industry Diversity Coalition (RIDC) to aid Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEI&B) in the running industry (3).
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November 27, 2023
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