Lawrence Summers has an excellent article in the Washington Post today lauding the business leaders who have stepped off the American Manufacturing Council and questioning why others haven’t:
In answer to those who repudiate the Nazi and white supremacists’ actions in Charlottesville and even Trump’s offensive responses but think they should “stay on the council to do some good,” Summers says:
Of course, business leaders might argue that while they also loathe all that is wrong with the Trump administration, they can be more effective by remaining involved. Give me a break. Anyone who thinks that by attending a meeting less than monthly with 30 people in a room they are moving the nation is engaged in egotistical self-delusion of a high order. Yes, technical advice on specific issues might be a valuable contribution. But there is no reason providing such advice requires lending one’s prestige or that of one’s company to Trump.
We Can Take Action
Write to the companies. Write to the leaders. Tell them how this reflects on their companies and your opinion of them, and if possible, how it will affect your purchasing decisions.
Here is a list of the CEOs who are still on the committee as of this evening, August 15, 2017, along with their company’s Twitter handles and their personal ones when available:
- Andrew Liveris, Dow Chemical Company @DowChemical
- Bill Brown, Harris Corporation @HarrisCorp
- Michael Dell, Dell Technologies @MichaelDell , @Dell , @DellCares
- John Ferriola, Nucor Corporation @NucorCorp
- Jeff Fettig, Whirlpool Corporation @WhirlpoolCorp
- Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson @JNJCares , @JNJNews
- Greg Hayes, United Technologies Corp @UTC
- Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin @LockheedMartin
- Jeff Immelt, General Electric @JeffImmelt @generalelectric (new CEO is John Flannery; not sure who will hold the seat)
- Jim Kamsickas, Dana Inc. @DanaCorp
- Rich Kyle, The Timken Company @Timken
- Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup Company @CampbellSoupCo , @Campbells
- Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing @Boeing
- Caterpillar (unclear whether they have an employee on the council)
- Michael Polk, Newell Brands @newell_brands
- Mark Sutton, International Paper @IntlPaperCo
- Inge Thulin, 3M @3M
- Wendell Weeks, Corning @Corning
There are already some Twitter hashtags: #QuitTheCouncil and #QuitTrumpsCouncil .
And of course, say thank you to the ones who have quit in protest. Several of them have made quite eloquent statements already, on Twitter and elsewhere.
- Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier @Merck
- Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank @UnderArmour
- Intel CEO Brian Krzanich @bkrunner , @intel
- President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing Scott Paul @ScottPaulAAM , @KeepitMadeinUSA
- AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka @RichardTrumka , @AFLCIO
- Elon Musk, Tesla (left in June after Trump pulled out of the Paris agreement @elonmusk, @TeslaMotors
- Disney CEO Bob Iger quit a different advisory group, the Strategic and Policy Forum, because of the Paris agreement as well @RobertIger @Disney
If you are not on Twitter, or even if you are, you can contact them by phone, fax, and on Facebook.
Help me update this list if any others move to the good guys’ column!
Copyright 2017 Eileen Anderson