Should companies take political stands? | The Tylt
Should companies take political stands?
After President Trump signed an executive order drastically shrinking two Utah monuments, Patagonia came out strongly against the president's decision.
“The president stole your land,” Patagonia said in a pop-up message on its website. “In an illegal move, the president just reduced the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. This is the largest elimination of protected land in American history.”
Trump's executive order reduces Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent and cuts another monument, Grand Staircase-Escalante, in half.
In addition to the change to their website, Patagonia's president warned the company "would take legal action" against the Trump administration to protect the public lands.
Patagonia has been at the forefront of the outdoor recreation industry as the sector becomes increasingly politicized by the actions of Mr. Trump this year. On Tuesday, the company’s general counsel, Hilary Dessouky, said through a spokeswoman that the company planned to file a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging the president’s shrinking of the national monument.
Patagonia's decision prompted other companies and organizations to take a stand.
We stand in solidarity with our fellow land-based partners in opposition to reducing our National Monuments in Utah. A threat to these Monuments is a threat to all Monuments, both land and sea. https://t.co/Ewy1TIHD5c
Went to @patagonia website just now to buy a hoodie. Instead I was bombarded with liberal propaganda on how @POTUS “stole your land”. Thank you for letting me know I shouldn’t spend my money with you. #BoycottPatagonia