Adidas and Nike are long time business rivals, but stand in agreement when it comes to President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration ban.
Nike CEO Mark Parker penned a heartfelt letter recently, released via Twitter by Wall Street Journal reporter Sara Germano, in which he states that the Swoosh doesn’t agree with Trump’s anti-immigration order.
Nike CEO Mark Parker sends rare political email to employees tonight, condemning POTUS travel ban. "This is a policy we don't support." pic.twitter.com/I9w48WA7e8
— Sara Germano (@germanotes) January 30, 2017
“Nike stands together against bigotry and any form of discrimination,” he wrote in the letter, which was distributed to Nike employees.
Adidas released an official statement of their own, also denouncing Trump, while emphasizing their acceptance of global diversity, which includes race, religion and nationality.
“Our company is built on the core belief that ‘Through sport, we have the power to change lives.’ Sport has shown in the past and will show over and over again in the future that it can bring people together from all over the world—regardless of their nationality, gender, age, religion or sexual orientation,” said Adidas spokesperson Lauren Lamkin on Monday. “We at Adidas are proud to bring this positive power of sport to life every day at work and we cherish the diverse, international workforce we have around the globe. Some companies have already voiced their concerns about this decision and we join them in their call for an open and diverse society and culture in the U.S. and around the globe. It goes without saying that our commitment to the U.S. market and our people in America remains unchanged despite this current political climate.”