“Woke Up” companies exclaimed in an advertising campaign; Nike, Coca-Cola in the line of fire
Former CEO of CKE Restaurants, Andy Puzder, talks about companies that are pushing investors to adopt radical left-wing policies without their knowing it.
Consumers’ Research, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to consumer information, launched an advertising campaign on Tuesday targeting companies to “wake up” political narratives.
According to Consumers’ Research, the campaign specifically calls on American Airlines, Nike and Coca-Cola and says they put politicians in front of their customers.
“America Airlines reduced legroom for passengers and laid off thousands of employees during the COVID pandemic while receiving billions in taxpayer bailouts,” said Will Hild, executive director of Consumers’ Research, in a statement Tuesday. “Coca-Cola and Nike both exploited foreign, potentially forced laborers in China, while American workers suffer as a result.”
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He continued, “It is time these corporate giants were held accountable. We are giving consumers a voice. These companies should put their energy and focus on serving their customers, not politics.”
The $ 3 billion company recently made statements against Republican-led laws in several states. Coca-Cola and American Airlines have raised concerns about the new GOP voting laws in Georgia and Texas, respectively.
“We respect everyone’s right to voice their concerns and share their views, but we also believe that the best we can do now is to listen, respectfully share concerns and work together on a path forward,” said Coca -Cola FOX Business in a statement. “We remain open to productive discussions with groups who may have different views.”
The company also took note of Consumers’ research specific criticism of sugary beverages leading to obesity, saying the company had “taken steps in the US and around the world to help people reduce sugar consumption.” “.
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Regarding campaign claims that Coca-Cola is using forced labor in China, the company said it respects “human rights” wherever it does business and has “strict policies prohibiting forced labor” in its business and with its suppliers.
American Airlines did not respond to the ad, referring Fox Business to its original statement on Texas’s SB 7 and HB 6 electoral laws, which extend early polling times, require a specific voter ID, and prohibit poll workers from sending postal votes to voters who did not request and ban drive-through voting – a popular alternative voting method during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“As a Texas-based company, we must stand up for the rights of our team members and customers who call Texas home and honor the sacrifices that generations of Americans have made to protect and expand the right to vote,” American Airlines said in a statement dated April 1. “Voting is the trademark of our democracy and the foundation of our great country.”
Nike signed a letter in October from the human rights campaign against Republican laws in a number of red states banning transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports.
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Nike did not immediately respond to inquiries from Fox Business.
The ads will air on cable in the United States as well as in the local markets where the companies are headquartered.