#ReproReceipts Campaign (link) by UltraViolet Highlights Hypocrisy in Corporate America and Calls for Accountability at AT&T, Coca Cola, Disney, Nike, Procter & Gamble, and Uber. I want readers to act.
UltraViolet announced a new campaign to hold six corporations accountable for their political giving to anti-choice, anti-women candidates. Companies should end their support for such politicians. Commit to investing in reproductive health and justice. AT&T, Coca-Cola, Disney, Nike, Procter & Gamble, and Uber all target female consumers and promote women-friendly work environments. Yet they bankroll candidates actively working against women’s rights. Sign the Petition.
Statement by Sonja Spoo, Director of Reproductive Rights Campaigns at UltraViolet
These six companies embody the disconnect between corporate social responsibility efforts that are just PR posturing and actually doing right by their employees and customers. Corporate America is eager to show their support for women and diversity, but they actively work against their statements by supporting and funding anti-women candidates.” “The receipts are clear: these companies continue to give politically in ways that don’t align with their value statements. We invite these companies to be leaders by ending their anti-women and anti-equality political contributions.
#ReproReceipts Campaign Overview
The #ReproReceipts campaign (link) highlights the discrepancy between corporate America’s public statements in support of gender equity and their political giving to extreme anti-choice candidates. These contributions not only work against equality for women but also racial equity and justice. This year is marked by a global pandemic, uprising against racial injustice, and a historic election underway. Each of these companies are showboating their stands on racial and gender equality. We must highlight the hypocrisy of corporate social responsibility posturing and demand companies walk their talk. Companies need to know they can’t have it both ways.
More than 80% of millennial consumers believe it is important to buy from companies that align with their values. Yet, buyers often don’t know the allegiance of their brands. Consumer-facing retailers and brands are now being outed by #ReproReceipts.
Supporting anti-choice politicians often is tantamount to endorsing an ideological framework that leans anti-racial justice, anti-science and anti-immigrant. These views have plunged our nation into a political crisis. They hamper our response to the pandemic and endanger the lives and well-being of women. This is especially true for women of color, Indigenous women, and other communities.
UltraViolet’s campaign will include ongoing actions to call on these companies to change, such as:
- Petitions calling for change to UltraViolet’s more than 1 million members
- Digital and print ads targeted at each company noting the misalignment of their values and political giving
- Public actions to inform consumers these companies are anti-women
- Polling of consumers to demonstrate political giving matters
- Coordinated social action among UltraViolet’s members calling out corporate targets across digital platforms
Political giving has consequences for gender equity and racial justice. Look at these examples
ReproReceipts @ AT&T
AT&T was named to the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and came out at the top of DiversityInc.’s 2020 list of top 50 companies for diversity. It pledges to support the growth of its employees who are people of color and women. Fine. They are not off the hook for the following.
- $2M (56%) of AT&T’s total political giving in 2020 was to anti-choice candidates or associated PACs. They included Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), David Perdue (R-OH), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Representatives Liz Cheney (R-WY), Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Steve Scalise (R-LA). Vice President Mike Pence’s Great America Committee PAC also received support.
- Women only make up 33.2% of AT&T’s U.S. employees and only two of nine executives at the company.
- Only 21% of AT&T’s Board members are women, far below the S&P 500 average.
- People of color are 39.4% of AT&T’s U.S. management and 44.8% of its total U.S. workforce. But as recently as July 2020, AT&T workers in Memphis were protesting the company’s commitment to racial equality and treatment of workers.
ReproReceipts @ Coca Cola
It was fifth-best company on the Forbes Best Employers for Women 2020. Coca-Cola also placed at the top of Comparably’s Best Company for Diversity in 2018 and 96th on Forbes’ Global 2000 in 2020. However:
- $1M (59%) of Coca Cola’s total political giving in 2020 was to anti-choice candidates or associated PACs: Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Representatives Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Steve Scalise (R-LA).
- Only three of the top ten company executives are women. People of color make up only four of ten executives.
- Recently retired Executive Vice President Carl Ware warns that Coca-Cola is behind in shepherding women and people of color to top leadership positions.
ReproReceipts @ Disney
72% percent of Disney’s workforce is women and/or people of color. However:
- $203,350 (51%) of Disney’s total political giving in 2020 was to anti-choice candidates or associated PACs: Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE), Marco Rubio (R-TX) and David Perdue (R-GA); Representatives Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Kevin Brady (R-TX). Both former or then (he is in the US Senate now) Governor Rick Scott (R-FL) Vice President Mike Pence’s PACs received financial support.
- Only 25% of the C-Suite is made up of women.
- Disney was sued in April 2019 for the unequal pay of its female employees.
- On diversity and inclusion, former CEO Bob Iger failed to make good on his promise to make changes in Disney’s C-suite before his tenure ended this year.
ReproReceipts @ Nike
- $99,000 (27%) of Nike’s total political giving in 2020 was to anti-choice candidates or associated PACs: Senators John Thune (R-SD), Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Rob Portman (R-OH) and Representatives Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Greg Walden (R-OR).
- Nike has been called out for its lack of representation in leadership and discrimination against pregnant female athletes.
- The company faced a class-action lawsuit in 2018 on systemic gender pay discrimination and rampant sexual harassment.
ReproReceipts @ Procter & Gamble
Procter & Gamble is recognized in the Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers and Multicultural Women. Hower:
- $144,000 (55%) of Procter & Gamble’s total political giving in 2020 was to anti-choice candidates or associated PACs: Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and the Ohio Republican Party.
- These contributions counter the initiatives and partnerships P&G pushes publicly for gender equality. They also work against the best interests of the six of 13 board members and eight of 14 executive officers who are women.
ReproReceipts @ Uber
- $148,000 (36%) of Uber’s total political giving in 2020 was to anti-choice candidates or their associated PACs including Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) as well as the Republican Governors Association and Republican State Leadership Committee.
- It is involved in a host of lawsuits for sexual harassment and settled with the EEOC at the end of 2019 for $4.4M and requires monitoring for the next 3 years.
- Uber hired its first-ever diversity and inclusion officer only recently in response to the 2017 “Holder Report.” It documented rampant harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and toxic workplace culture for women and racially diverse employees.
- Procter & Gamble: How I Voted – Proxy Score 56
- Colgate & IBM Lead; Amazon, Berkshire, Cisco, Nike, Sprint, & Disney Lag