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On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced his plans to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, leading numerous politicians and stars to criticize his latest decision. Nike has also weighed in on the issue following the announcement.
“We are deeply disappointed by the recent shift in climate policy. Nike believes that climate change is a serious global threat and that the world will need to radically redesign industrial systems and economies in order to enable a low-carbon growth economy,” reads the statement from a Nike spokesperson.
“We will continue to honor the core commitments of the American Business Act on Climate Change Pledge, including reaching 100% renewable energy in all Nike owned or operated facilities around the world by 2025, participating in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge and advancing materials innovation globally.”
Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank joined Nike in saying that his company was also “disappointed by the Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement as climate change continues to threaten our planet, our cities and our economies,” according to a statement posted on Twitter by CNBC anchor Sara Eisen.
Plank states: “Sustainability has always been part of our DNA: It’s integral to how we live and work and is essential to our environment. As a business leader concerned with creating American jobs, I disagree with the decision to exit the Paris Accord.”
Athletic brands aren’t the only ones that have commented on the global issue. Prior to the president’s decision, American jeweler Tiffany & Co sent a message to Trump, stating, “We’re still in for bold climate action. Please keep the U.S. in the Paris Climate Agreement. The disaster of climate change is too real, and the threat to our planet and to our children is too great.” Tiffany & Co.’s plea for Trump to support climate change aligns with the company’s pledge to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Gap, Inc., Levi Strauss & Co., Facebook, Google, Apple and Microsoft were among the major businesses urging the president to keep the U.S. in the Paris Climate Agreement.
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