Nike CEO Condemns Trump Travel Ban

Nike CEO Condemns Trump Travel Ban


On January 29, Nike CEO Mark Parker issued a statement condemning President Trump’s new travel ban. His comments were issued to Nike employees in the following internal email :

“Nike believes in a world where everyone celebrates the power of diversity. Regardless of whether or how you worship, where you come from or who you live, everyone’s individual experience is what makes us stronger as a whole.

Those values are being threatened by the recent executive order in the U.S. banning refugees, as well as visitors, from seven Muslim-majority countries. This is a policy we don’t support. And I know we’re all asking what this means for our future, for our friends, our families, and our broader communities.

Today, I’m thinking of everyone who is impacted, like Sir Mo Farah. Mo, four-time Olympic gold medalist, now lives in Oregon with his family. He was born in Somalia and moved to Britain when he was eight. He has dedicated his life to competing for his adopted country. And yet, Mo fears that he may not be allowed to return from his training camp in Ethiopia to see his wife and children in Portland…

What Mo will always have – what the Nike family can always count on – is the support of this company. We will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of every member of our family: our colleagues, our athletes and their loved ones.

Nike stand together against bigotry and any form of discrimination. We’ve learned that on the field of play, where fairness and mutual respect are the rule, not the exception. Now, more than ever, let’s stand up for our values and remain open and inclusive as a brand and as a company. We are at our best when we recognize the value of our diverse community.”

In the email, Parker is referring to comments that Sir Mo Farah made in a Facebook post earlier that day. Farah wrote:

“On 1st January this year, Her Majesty The Queen made me a Knight of the Realm. On 27th January, President Donald Trump seems to have made me an alien.

I am a British citizen who has lived in America for the past six years – working hard, contributing to society, paying my taxes and bringing up our four children in the place they now call home. Now, me and many others like me are being told that we may not be welcome. It’s deeply troubling that I will have to tell my children that Daddy might not be able to come home – to explain why the President has introduced a policy that comes from a place of ignorance and prejudice.”

One Response to "Nike CEO Condemns Trump Travel Ban"

  1. susan ryberg   Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    You have just shown that you stand on the right side of history.