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After Charlottesville, Businesses Stand Against Hate

In response to recent events in Charlottesville, VA, ASBC stands with its members in condemning the hateful views expressed by white supremacist, neo-Nazis, and alt-right groups and the accompanying violence. We also find President Trump’s response completely inadequate and misguided and call upon him to clearly and unequivocally condemn these groups.   

"Responsible American business leaders know that racism and bigotry have no place in our country,” said Co-founder and Vice President of Policy Richard Eidlin. "President Trump has failed in his moral leadership of our country to express this fact. Thankfully, the business community did not. We support the decision of many CEO’s to withdraw from the Administration’s Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum in protest of the President’s failings.

“Further, we call on American business leaders to increase their commitment to human values and principles. Business can be ethical, responsible and sustainable. Now is the time for those values to come to the surface and become the norm." 

The example set by Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, GE CEO Jeff Immelt, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Campbell’s CEO Denise Morrison, 3M CEO Inge Thulin, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and others shows that the American business community can take the lead in demanding moral accountability and standing up for the principles of diversity and inclusion.

This story has been updated. Read ASBC's original statement.


Source Author: 
Ryan Rabac
Source Publication Date: 
August 15, 2017