USA: 61+ NGOs call on business leaders to speak out against Trump's travel restrictions at Strategic & Policy Forum
Author: Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable, Institute for Human Rights and Business, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility & 61 organizations, Published on: 2 February 2017
"ICAR, IHRB, ICCR, and Co-signers Submit Letter to Business Leaders on President Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum", 2 Feb 2017
Human rights groups and responsible investors including faith-based organizations today sent a letter to the 19 current and former CEOs comprising President Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum in advance of their upcoming meeting with the President this Friday...The group’s letter urges the CEOs...to speak out strongly against the President’s Executive Order restricting entry into the U.S. for refugees, immigrants, and documented residents from selected counties...The groups warn that the travel ban undermines respect for human rights and the lives of workers and their families in the U.S. and beyond, and will disrupt economic activity and company operations. They call for respect for human rights and responsible business conduct, which they argue will benefit not only the American people, but will ensure an inclusive and prosperous global economy...Specifically, the letter calls on the business leaders to take the following actions:
- Speak out strongly against the President’s Executive Order restricting entry into the U.S. for refugees, immigrants, and documented residents from selected countries;
- Recommend that the President and his administration join with them and the global business community to ensure respect for the human rights of workers, regardless of their ethnicity, race, religion, nationality, immigration status, sexual orientation, or gender identity, at home and in global value chains; and
- Urge the U.S. government to work with other nations to align corporate policies and practices with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
[Refers to: BlackRock, Blackstone, Boeing, Boston Consulting Group, Cleveland Clinic, EY (Ernst & Young), General Electric, General Motors, Global Infrastructure Partners, IHS Markit, IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Patomak Global Partners, PepsiCo, SpaceX, Tesla Motors, Uber, Wal-Mart, Walt Disney]