it becomes Harder and harder to keep companies quiet on controversial social issues — take the bitter LGBTQ-related clash between The Walt Disney Company and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) as a recent example.
The latest blurring of the lines between business and politics, however, was sparked by the leaked majority draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court is set to strike down federal abortion rights as protected. by the law of 1973. Roe vs. Wade. Here is where tech giants and large corporations hold on so far:
Airbnb: “We will work to ensure that our employees have the resources they need”
In a request for comment regarding the leaked opinion and its expected effect on employee health care, vacation rental company Airbnb said The San Francisco Standard that the “company’s health care coverage supports reproductive rights and we will work to ensure that our employees have the resources they need to make choices about their reproductive rights, as we committed to last fall” after Extreme abortion ban for six weeks in Texas.
Amazon: up to $4,000 per year in travel expenses
Amazon, the second largest private employer in the country, has Free to cover up to $4,000 per year in travel expenses for employees seeking non-threatening medical care, including abortions, if such care is not available within 100 miles of their residence and the care virtual ones are not possible.
Apple: “Actively monitors legal proceedings”
Tech giant Apple, with a strong presence in Texas, has mentioned her health insurance covers both abortions and related travel expenses. It appears that Apple’s policy has been in place since at least September 2021, when it confirmed Tech Crunch that he was keeping tabs on the legal challenges surrounding the Texas ban.
“We are actively monitoring legal proceedings challenging Texas’ uniquely restrictive abortion law,” Apple wrote in an employee memo. “In the meantime, we want to remind you that our benefits at Apple are comprehensive and allow our employees to travel out of state for medical care if it is not available in their home state.”
Bumble and Match Group: “We strongly believe in the right of women to choose”
Online dating app Bumble commented on Monday’s leaked draft the following evening. “Today’s headlines regarding the leaked draft advisory to strike down abortion rights in the United States are deeply disturbing,” the company said. wrote on Twitter. “At Bumble, we strongly believe in the right of women to choose and exercise complete control over their bodies.”
In September, Bumble and other Match Group dating app services advertised separately they would each launch relief funds for Texas employees in need of out-of-state abortion care. “As I have said before, the company generally does not take a political position unless it is relevant to our business,” Match Group CEO Shar Dubey said in a memo at the time. . “But in this case, personally, as a woman in Texas, I couldn’t keep quiet.”
Citigroup: A target of House Republicans
In March, Citigroup became the first major bank to announce that it would pay travel expenses for employees affected by the abortion ban in Texas, where it employs more than 8,000 workers. “In response to changes in reproductive health care laws in some states in the United States, beginning in 2022, we are providing travel benefits to facilitate access to adequate resources,” the bank said. mentioned in a folder.
Citigroup was later criticized for its decision; House Republicans urged the United States to cancel government contracts with the bank, and a Texas legislator threatens introduce a bill preventing Citigroup from underwriting municipal bonds.
CVS Health: “We’ve Made Out-of-State Care Accessible and Affordable”
In response to a request for comments on the draft opinion of FortuneCVS offered the following: “We are monitoring the situation closely and evaluating how we can better meet the coverage needs of our colleagues, customers and consumers. We have made out-of-state care accessible and affordable for employees of States that have instituted more restrictive laws.
Levi Strauss: “Business leaders need to make their voices heard”
“Given what is at stake, business leaders must speak out and take action to protect the health and well-being of our employees,” Levi Strauss wrote in a statement released on Wednesday. “That means protecting reproductive rights.” The clothing brand also reimburses employees for travel expenses incurred while seeking health care services unavailable in their state, including abortions. Part-time hourly workers can also apply for reimbursement.
Salesforce: Helping Employee Families Move Out of Texas
Software company Salesforce offered in September to help employees and their families move out of Texas after its abortion law passed.
Salesforce did not take an explicit position on the Texas law in its statement, CNN noted at the time.
Uber and Lyft: creating legal defense funds
Uber and Lyft each announced in September that they would create legal defense funds to help drivers prosecuted under Texas law, which financially incentivizes and delegates private citizens to sue anyone aiding or abetting an abortion (including carpool trips) after six hours. weeks of pregnancy. The two companies recently extended the same coverage to drivers in Oklahoma.
Lyft has also committed to donate 1 million dollars to family planning. “We’ve made our point on this very clear,” Lyft co-founder and president John Zimmer said. The Wall Street Journal Tuesday, after the leak. “So we will continue to look for ways to make a difference, to speak up and, above all, to take action.”
UTA: “The right to choose… was a foundation”
Hollywood’s United Talent Agency also responded to the proposed ruling by informing its employees that it would reimburse travel expenses related to reproductive health services that were unavailable in their state. “We are doing this to support the right to choose which is the foundation of a law that has been established for nearly half a century,” said CEO Jeremy Zimmer. mentioned in a note to employees. “Several states have already introduced restrictive legislation, and the Supreme Court’s draft decision released yesterday, if passed, could make abortion illegal in more than half of the country.”
Yelp: “Turning Back Time… Will Have a Seismic Impact”
The Yelp online review website has been franc in its opposition to a cancellation of deerwarning that such a court decision would have a “seismic impact on our society and our economy”.
“Rolling back the progress women have made over the past 50 years will have a seismic impact on our society and our economy,” Yelp continued in his statement about it. “It goes against the will of the vast majority of Americans who agree that decisions about reproductive care should be made by women and their doctors.” The company also called on Congress to codify deer in the law.
Prior to the Monday night leak, Yelp announced that it would be cover expenses for employees and their spouses who must travel out of state for abortion care. The policy came in response to a restrictive six-week ban out of Texas, but the benefit extends to employees in other states as well. Mirian Warren, the company’s chief diversity officer, said Yelp isn’t concerned about backlash.
According to a Wednesday report from The New York Timescompanies that appear not yet commented directly on the draft decision include PricewaterhouseCoopers, Oracle, JP Morgan Chase, Walmart, Disney, ThirdLove, PatagoniaKroger and Meta (although Sheryl Sandberg posted on Facebookwriting that “this is a scary day for women across our country”).
It seems Microsoft also remained silent on an expected deer reversal, although company co-founder and billionaire Bill Gates weighed in on Twitter: