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A U.S. flag hangs in front of a burning structure in Black Forest, Colorado, June 12, 2013. The Black Forest Fire started June 11, 2013, northeast of Colorado Springs, burning scores of homes and forcing large-scale evacuations. Credit: DoD photo by Master Sgt. Christopher DeWitt, U.S. Air Force

Outdoor CEOs Join Push to Keep US in Paris Climate Agreement

Patagonia, adidas, Tesla, and Decathlon joined a coalition of the world’s most respected companies to urge President Trump not to follow through on his promise to leave the Paris Agreement.

In November 2020, only one country on Earth will not stand united with the rest of the world to fight climate change. In November, President Trump reaffirmed his vow to remove the United States from the Paris Agreement — a groundbreaking global pact to collaboratively reduce greenhouse gas emissions and, hopefully, turn the tide on climate-induced natural disasters.

And this week, CEOs and labor leaders from the most recognizable and influential companies around the world joined to press the U.S. to uphold its original pledge when it signed on to the accord in 2015.

The list includes luminaries from around the private sector, including billionaire Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Tesla visionary Elon Musk.

But the open letter to the Trump administration also includes voices from the outdoor world. Patagonia’s Rose Marcario, adidas CEO Kasper Rørsted, and Michel Aballea and Michel d’Humières, heads of Decathlon and Decathlon USA, respectively, also joined the push.

The letter appeals not merely to the science, but to the business sense of remaining united in the Paris Agreement. In total, the Joint Labor Union and CEO Statement represents the interests of more than 12 million American workers. Among its claims, the letter identifies the need for new jobs to spur and support innovation in cleaner technologies.

Read the full letter below.

Joint Labor Union & CEO Statement on the Paris Agreement

We the undersigned are a group of CEOs who employ more than 2 million people in the United States and union leaders who represent 12.5 million workers. Together, we know that driving progress on addressing climate change is what’s best for the economic health, jobs, and competitiveness of our companies and our country.

In 2017, many of us came together to rally behind the US’ participation in the Paris Agreement. We came together to say we are still in. Two years ago, the impacts of climbing global temperatures were clear. Today, with record temperatures across the country, fiercer hurricanes pummeling coasts, more destructive wildfires, droughts and flooding disrupting the economy, we have no time to waste.

Two years ago, we knew that supporting the Paris Agreement was what was needed to help keep companies competitive and thriving under the shifting expectations of Americans. We stand with the 77% of registered American voters and over 4,000 American states, cities and businesses supporting the Paris Agreement.

Today, we stand by our conviction that a commitment to the Paris Agreement requires a just transition of the workforce—one that respects labor rights and is achieved through dialogue with workers and their unions. Participation in the Paris Agreement enables us to plan for a just transition and create new decent, family-supporting jobs and economic opportunity.

Staying in the Paris Agreement will strengthen our competitiveness in global markets, positioning the United States to lead the deployment of new technologies that support the transition, provide for our workers and communities, and create jobs and companies built to last.

It also supports investment by setting clear goals which enable long-term planning. It encourages innovation to achieve emissions reductions at low cost.

There has been progress, but not enough. This moment calls for greater, more accelerated action than we’ve seen. It calls for the strong policy framework the Paris Agreement provides, one that allows the US the freedom to choose our own path to emissions reductions.

The promise of the Paris Agreement is one of a just and prosperous world. We urge the United States to join us in staying in.

Sincerely,

Stuart Appelbaum, Executive Council & Chair of International Committee, AFL-CIO

Michel Aballea, Chief Executive Officer, Decathlon and Michel d’Humières, Chief Executive Officer, Decathlon USA

Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO, L’Oréal

Andrew Anagnost, President and Chief Executive Officer, Autodesk

Douglas M. Baker Jr., Chairman and CEO, Ecolab Inc.

Ajay Banga, President and CEO, Mastercard

Keith Barr, CEO, InterContinental Hotels Group®

Oliver Bäte, Chairman of the Board of Management (CEO), Allianz SE

Marc Benioff, Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO, Salesforce

Chip Bergh, President and Chief Executive Officer, Levi Strauss & Co.

Aneel Bhusri, CEO, Workday, Inc.

Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO, Gucci

Alessandro Bogliolo, CEO, Tiffany & Co.

Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group

Jesper Brodin, CEO, Ingka (incl. IKEA Retail US)

Mike Cannon-Brookes, and Scott Farquhar, Co-Founders and Co-CEOs, Atlassian

Greg Case, Chief Executive Officer, Aon plc

Mr N. Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons

Manny Chirico, Chairman & CEO, PVH Corp.

Tim Cook, CEO, Apple

Michael L. Corbat, CEO, Citigroup Inc.

Lloyd H. Dean and Kevin E. Lofton, Chief Executive Officers, CommonSpirit Health

Marc Doyle, CEO, Dupont

Ferruccio Ferragamo, Executive Chairman, Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A.

Robert Fisher, Chairman and Interim CEO, Gap Inc.

Jim Fitterling, Chief Executive Officer, Dow, Inc

Mario Greco, Group Chief Executive Officer, Zurich Insurance Group

Mauricio Gutierrez, President and Chief Executive Officer, NRG Energy

Ralph Hamers, CEO & Chairman, ING Group

Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO, Thrive Global

Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company

Ralph Izzo, Chairman, President and CEO, Public Service Enterprise Group

William D. Johnson, CEO and President, PG&E Corporation; Director, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Alan Jope, CEO, Unilever

James K. Kamsickas, CEO & President, Dana Incorporated

Patricia K. Poppe, President & Chief Executive Officer, CMS Energy

Isabelle Kocher, CEO, ENGIE

Ramon Laguarta, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo

Michael W. Lamach, Chairman and CEO, Trane-Thermo King-Ingersoll Rand

Enrique Lores, CEO, HP Inc.

Patrice Louvet, President & CEO, Ralph Lauren Corp.

David W. MacLennan, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Cargill

Rose Marcario, Chief Executive Officer & President, Patagonia

Roberto Marques, Executive Chairman, Natura &Co

Mari McClure, Incoming CEO, Green Mountain Power Corporation and Mary Powell, CEO, Green Mountain Power Corporation

Brian Moynihan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of America

Elon Musk, Co-founder and CEO, Tesla, Inc.

Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation

Shantanu Narayen, Chairman and CEO, Adobe

Christopher J. Nassetta, President & CEO, Hilton

José Neves, Founder, Co-Chairman and CEO, Farfetch

John Pettigrew, CEO, National Grid plc

Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google

François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO, Kering

Pedro J. Pizarro, President and CEO, Edison International

Patrick Pouyanne, Chairman & CEO, Total

James Quincey, Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company

Thomas Rabe, Chairman and CEO, Bertelsmann

Grant F. Reid, CEO and President, Mars Incorporated

Pier Pablo Righi, Chief Executive Officer, Karl Lagerfeld

Ginni Rometty, CEO, IBM

Kasper Rørsted, Chief Executive Officer, adidas

Mark Schneider, Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé

Feike Sijbesma, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Managing Board, Royal DSM

David Solomon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Goldman Sachs

Esteve Torrens, CEO, Stonyfield Farm, Inc.

Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman & CEO, Schneider Electric

Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Chobani

Ben van Beurden, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Dutch Shell PLC

Hans Van Bylen, Chief Executive Officer, Henkel

Dirk Van de Put, Chairman and CEO, Mondelez International

Hans Vestberg, Chairman and CEO, Verizon

Peter Voser, Chairman and CEO, ABB LTD

Wendell Weeks, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Corning Incorporated

Lawson Whiting, Chief Executive Officer, Brown-Forman Corporation

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Adam Ruggiero is an all-sport activity junkie - from biking, running, and (not enough) surfing, to ball sports, camping, and cattle farming. If it's outside, it's worth doing. Adam graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in journalism. Likes: unique beer, dogs, stories. Like nots: neckties, escalators, manicured lawns.

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