1792 Exchange: Exposing blacklisting in
They’re coming for you next: A survey by the non-profit 1792 Exchange has found that almost half of a list of 1,000+ major corporations, from Google to Kroger, are very willing and eager to “cancel a contract or client, or boycott, divest, or deny services based on views or beliefs.”
Of these, 160 companies were found to be “high risk” for blacklisting. For example, its report [pdf] on high-risk Coca-Cola found the following:
Coca-Cola Co. has demonstrated a willingness to terminate relationships with organizations based on ideology and require unconstitutional diversity mandates from vendors and suppliers. It lacks policies to prevent viewpoint discrimination, while it denounced local legislative efforts to reform election security and protect the unborn. Coca-Cola will not give to faith-based charities but gives to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Based on its policies and past practices, Coca-Cola Company receives a “High Risk” rating.
Note that Pepsi was also considered “high-risk”, even though it was slightly less willing to blacklist. According to the survey’s report of Pepsi [pdf]:
PepsiCo vets its vendors for LGBTQ protections and requires unconscious bias training for all employees while lacking viewpoint protections in its employment policy. PepsiCo also doesn’t match employees’ charitable giving for religious purposes but will match gifts to Planned Parenthood. PepsiCo has advocated for the Equality Act, transgender participation in girls’ sports, and federalized voting systems. Based on its policies and practices, PepsiCo receives a “High Risk” rating.
1792 Exchange’s survey also includes categories for companies with “medium” and “low” risk. The categories are all defined as follows:
“High Risk” companies have generally canceled or denied business relationships based on viewpoint disagreements or pose a high risk of canceling people and businesses who do not share their views.
“Medium Risk” companies have generally demonstrated willingness to advance one-sided ideological agendas and lack policies preventing corporate discrimination against those who disagree.
“Lower Risk” companies have not terminated business relationships or denied services because of ideological disputes and generally respect or allow differing viewpoints, despite some potential limited advocacy or missing policy protections.
A full description of the reasoning behind the survey can be found here. The survey found an additional 339 companies at a medium risk of blacklisting its employees or customers. Thus, of the 1,000 or so companies surveyed, almost half were willing to take political sides and blacklist.
1792 Exchange itself was founded in 2021 by businessmen who were horrified by the poisonous influence of leftist bigoted policies in the business world. Its mission is:
to develop policy and resources to protect and equip non-profits, small businesses and philanthropy from “woke” corporations, to educate Congress and stakeholder organizations about the dangers of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) policies, and to help steer public companies in the United States back to neutral on ideological issues so they can best serve their shareholders and customers with excellence and integrity.
The name comes from establishment of the first American stock exchange in 1792, based on the Buttonwood Agreement, which committed signers to “ignore political differences in favor of broader prosperity.”
If after reviewing the survey you know of a blacklisting company that is not included, 1792 wants to hear from you. There is a submission button at the bottom of the first link above.