+ Glassdoor

From Wikipedia : "Glassdoor is a website where employees and former employees anonymously review companies and their management."

From Change MGMT : Glassdoor is one of - if not the - the most popular outlets used by current and former employees to rate and review their company within the USA. As with any self-rating system, responses for any company likely congregate at the poles (i.e. most ratings are likely very high or very low). However, we’re confident this behavior is controlled across all companies, providing a good basis for comparing employee perception across multiple companies.

One of the reasons we like Glassdoor is that all types of employees - full-time, part-time, contractor - can weigh in on their experience. We believe the inclusion of all types of employees is crucial to gaining perspective into company policies and employee practices, particularly when most benefits (and thus, presumably, happier ratings) are typically afforded to just full-time employees or employees working with corporate. Therefore, we believe the overall Glassdoor score provides a comprehensive snapshot of the happiness of a company’s workforce.*

*Note: in cases where company Glassdoor accounts are separated by country (i.e. Uniqlo), we’ve selected and are reporting the US-based Glassdoor score.

Accessing: The Glassdoor reviews score for any given company can be directly accessed from any of the data tables.

+ HRC Corporate Equality Index

From HRC website : "Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2017 Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees."

From Change MGMT : The Human Rights Campaign is the USA’s largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, and works to achieve LGBTQ equality through advocacy and public education. Their annual HRC Corporate Equality Index is one such tool that brings transparency into the treatment of the LGBTQ community specifically within the workplace.

The HRC Corporate Equality Index ranking takes into account a variety of business practices that impact LGBTQ equality and inclusion, including:

  • Equal employment opportunity policy
  • Employee benefits
  • Organizational LGBT competency
  • Public commitment

In order to obtain information on these business practices, the HRC administers surveys to businesses to obtain proprietary information on company practices and cross-checks their responses against a multitude of sources, including:

  • IRS 990 tax filings to check for gifts to anti-LGBTQ groups
  • Case law and news accounts to check allegations of discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity
  • Individual reports or LGBTQ employee groups reporting information to the HRC
  • The HRC Foundation Workplace Project, and in-house database of business policies that affect LGBTQ workers and their families

Note: if a company has “N/A” listed under their LGBTQ+ section, they were not included in the HRC Corporate Equality Index this year and this information is not currently available.

Overall, we at Change MGMT are thrilled to share HRC’s Corporate Equality Index findings and believe they offer a thorough, comprehensive view of a company’s LGBTQ+ policies.

+ Women in Leadership and Diversity in Leadership: % of Women and People of Color with Board Seats

From Change MGMT: Most companies are not transparent about the gender and racial breakdown of their employees. In order to get some signal on how a company values gender and racial diversity and equality in the workplace, we decided to look at the gender and racial makeup of a company’s Board of Directors. Aside from the fact this information is easy to access (either via the Leadership section on most company sites, LinkedIn profiles, or other means), we believe gender and racial representation in company leadership measures a company’s commitment to inclusion and respecting diversity. After all, board members hold considerable power in directing company initiatives, so we believe it crucial that board members accurately reflect the general population to ensure all experiences are represented in decision-making.

Note: Currently, the estimation of women holding board seats sits between 10-20%, and the percent of people of color holding board seats is even lower. We believe companies should strive to achieve parity with demographic averages in order to show their commitment to gender and racial diversity.

+ Supply Chain Transparency: Fashion Transparency Index

From FTI : "For consumers, the Fashion Transparency Index aims to give you some insight into just how little we know about the things we buy and wear. We hope it encourages you to want to find out more about the story of your clothes."

From Change MGMT : We like the Fashion Transparency Index (FTI) because the narrow focus allows for completely objective rankings unlike many other retail supply chain ranking systems.

The FTI examines and ranks a fashion retailers’ supply chain transparency, adhering to a dominant position in the debate for improving worker conditions that conditions can only get better with transparency. While supply chain transparency doesn’t inherently equate to humane working conditions (many companies with “decent” supply chain transparency have been exposed - due to this exact transparency - as having substandard worker treatment), it does hold true that less transparency in your supply chain implies worse labor conditions.

Note: The FTI surveyed 40 companies for this report; 10 companies responded and the remaining 30 were scored based off publically available information.

+ Worker Conditions + Environmental Impact: Good on You Score

From Good on You : "Good On You ethical brand ratings give you the power to make choices that match your values – choices that reflect your commitment to doing better by people, the planet and animals. We believe brands should be transparent. As a consumer, you have a right to know!"

From Change MGMT : A retail-focused app aimed at ranking companies based on their labor, environmental, and animal rights practices. Like The Fashion Transparency Index, Good on You’s score are focused primarily on a company’s transparency around the aforementioned topics. Good on You’s scores take into account a variety of independent studies and how brands perform on specific certifications, like Fair Trade and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).

Because Good on You is an app, it is a great resource to check against while making retail purchasing decisions. Their ranking system rates companies on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 = We avoid; 5 = Great), and conveniently displays similar retailers and their rankings on every company page for quick comparisons.

+ Affiliated with Trump Brands: GrabYourWallet.org

From GrabYourWallet.org : "Since its first humble incarnation as a screenshot on October 11th, the #GrabYourWallet boycott list has grown as a central resource for understanding how our own consumer purchases may have inadvertently supported the political rise of the Trump family."

From Change MGMT: GrabYourWallet.org is an excellent, easy-to-use resource for quickly finding out if a specific company carries Trump products or works with Trump companies. We would be remiss not to include Shannon Coulter’s #GrabYourWallet list when it has brought attention back to the power of purchasing decisions.

+ U.S. Political Contributions: Opensecrets.org

From Opensecrets.org : “The numbers on this page are based on contributions of $200 or more from PACs and individuals to federal candidates and from PAC, individual and soft money donors to political parties, as reported to the Federal Election Commission.”

From Change MGMT : We have been referencing OpenSecrets.org for years to glean more about a company’s political contributions. Each OpenSecrets page details not only a history of a company’s political contributions by party and candidate, but also highlights lobbying activity and recent news stories. An excellent resource if you are curious about the political parties and causes a company endorses.

+ Sustainability: Rank-a-brank

From Rank-a-brand: "Rank a Brand is an independent and reliable brand-comparison website that assesses and ranks consumer brands in several sectors on sustainability and social responsibility. Our rankings and assessments are fully transparent."

From Change MGMT : An independent group that reports on and ranks companies based on their commitment to ethical supply chains and environmental sustainability. Rank-a-brand provides rankings for hundreds of companies (over 2/3 of which are international) across multiple industries. Rank-a-brand’s sustainability scorecard (the results of which create a brand’s overarching A-through-E score) are among the most thorough we’ve seen: 36 criteria go into the scorecard, falling into the general categories of “Climate Change/Carbon Emissions”, “Carbon Policy”, and “Labour Conditions/Fair Trade.” We also like Rank-a-brand’s Nudge feature, which allows you to directly contact a company from Rank-a-brand and voice your opinion on their currently sustainability policies.