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In a political turn, L.L. Bean, the Freeport, Maine-based brand known for its preppy duck boots and boat totes, reportedly reached out to its employees affected by President Donald Trump’s immigration ban.
Politico reports that L.L. Bean CEO Stephen Smith sent an internal email memo to workers Feb. 2, offering support to those affected by the president’s executive order banning refugees from entering the U.S. The order suspends refugees from entering the country for four months and indefinitely suspends Syrian refugees.
“While we have gone to great pains over the past few weeks to distance ourselves from an unfortunate and unwanted political situation, there have been some more recent developments that have prompted me to share some thoughts and direction,” wrote Smith, according to the political news site. “Recent national policy changes, while dominating the headlines and sparking a wide-range of opinion, are also creating confusion and concern within our family of great employees.”
Smith’s memo continued to express that L.L. Bean supports “diversity to create a stronger organization and a better world,” adding the importance of “an inclusive, welcoming work environment.”
L.L. Bean did not immediately return The Hollywood Reporter‘s request for comment.
The memo comes shortly after L.L. Bean made headlines in January when reports revealed that Linda Bean, granddaughter of the founder and a current board member, donated $60,000 to a political-action committee that supported Trump. The news prompted Trump to tweet his support for the company, which drew some to toss out their L.L. Bean boots in protest.
L.L. Bean is still listed on the #grabyourwallet website as one of the Trump-affiliated companies to boycott, along with Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, TJ Maxx and Nordstrom, which confirmed last week that it’s dumping the Ivanka Trump brand.
L.L. Bean, a progressive company in many ways, is the latest retailer to stand against the immigration ban. Execs at Nordstrom, Nike and Asics have condemned the executive order. Tech giants Apple, Facebook and Google also have weighed in, taking the issue to court in support of the state of Washington’s efforts to halt enforcement of Trump’s immigration order.
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