Technology giant, Alphabet Google, comes out on top in the ‘corporate bias’ ranking created by the 1792 Exchange organization that assessed 1,000+ companies to determine the likelihood a company will cancel a contract or client or boycott, divest, or deny services based on views or beliefs.
Released through the “Spotlight Report” on the organization’s website, the ranking considers “more than a thousand policies, practices, and other relevant criteria” to pinpoint each company’s position.
The ratings have an overarching goal: provide a resource for small businesses, individuals, and not-for-profits to assist in selecting vendors less likely to cancel a contract or deny services based on views or beliefs.
It is about protecting us from “woke” capitalism.
Those responsible for the report aim to preserve “freedom of religion, speech, and enterprise.
In addition, the report’s release is intended to “educate Congress and interested organizations about the dangers of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) policies.
And it wants to help guide public companies back to neutrality on ideological issues so they can better serve their shareholders and customers with excellence and integrity.
According to the survey, 50% of the companies surveyed have a low bias risk, 30% have a medium risk, and 12% have a high risk.
After Google, the five companies with the highest risk of canceling customers are Mattel, EveryAction, Honeywell, Berkshire Bank, and Benevity.
Also on the high-risk list are brands operating globally, such as GoDaddy, Adobe, Airbnb, Coca-Cola, Ford, General Motors, HP, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Nike, PayPal, YouTube, Starbucks, and Amazon.
Among those with a low bias risk are Acer, Volkswagen, AstraZeneca, Signal, Spotify, Telegram, and Puma.
“We want Americans and the world to use the corporate bias ratings.”
“Look up your bank, web hosting company, payment processor, insurance provider… and if you don’t like what you read, print out a copy and take it with you to your local branch and politely ask them to change the policy,” said 1792 Exchange President Paul Fitzpatrick in an interview with the AMAC Newsline website.
THE THREAT IS REAL
The threat is real and not limited to political personalities or social media suspensions. Cancel culture has become frequent today, writes the organization in its report.
Religious liberties, First Amendment rights, and philanthropic freedoms are under attack. The unfortunate reality is that ideological cancellations are occurring alarmingly and are reported more frequently but often go unreported.
For example, a CEO of a private company was fired for publicly expressing his pro-life views.
In September 2022, just 6 months after getting banned from Twitter, the Babylon Bee was canceled by its internal email service.
In October 2022, Ambassador Sam Brownback’s religious freedom nonprofit was de-banked by JPMorgan Chase.
This first cancellation example, in particular, is instructive for understanding the power of behind-the-scenes vendors in the cancellation movement.
After the CEO of Tripwire tweeted that he was a “pro-life gamer” who supported Texas’ abortion restrictions, the company began receiving threats from its suppliers and vendors, as well as other partners, that they would cancel their contracts if he remained employed.
In response, the company behind games such as “Maneater” and “Killing Floor 2” quickly denounced its CEO, saying, “his comments disregarded the values of our whole team, our partners, and much of our broader community.”
The CEO was forced out for exercising his First Amendment right to respectfully disagree with many of his colleagues about abortion laws and human life. And his position is shared by most citizens in many states, so the company alienated current and potential customers.
While powerful public and private companies continue their cancellation campaigns against those who dissent from secular progressive ideology, we remain committed to protecting the freedoms we cherish and need.
We must fix and protect our economic system, which has lifted millions out of poverty and created unprecedented prosperity and restore viewpoint neutrality, says the 1792 Exchange Organization.
Only then will excellence again be rewarded, shareholders honored, and every person treated with dignity and respect.