Chef CEO announces that the software company won't renew ICE contract due to human rights abuses
"An important update from Chef," 23 Seotember 2019
We began our work with the U.S. Government in earnest in 2014 and 2015... Policies such as family separation and detention did not yet exist. While I and others privately opposed this and various other related policies, we did not take a position despite the recommendation of many of our employees. I apologize for this. I had hoped that traditional political checks and balances would provide remedy... [h]owever, it is clear that checks and balances have not provided relief to the fundamental issues of the policies in question. Chef, as well as other companies, can take stronger positions against these policies that violate basic human rights... [W]e will not renew our current contracts with ICE and CBP when they expire over the next year. Chef will fulfill our full obligations under the current contracts... We have also decided that we will donate an amount equivalent to our 2019 revenues from these two contracts directed to charities that help vulnerable people impacted by the policy of family separation and detention.