has been selected for boycott because of its apparent active
involvement in U.S. policy in the Middle East in general and Iraq in
particular, and its power to help change these policies.
Soup, Carlson Companies (Radisson Hotels, TGI Friday's), Corning Inc.,
Metlife, Novartis, Pfizer, Verizon, Wells Fargo and Wyeth are also
selected for boycott because these firms can influence ExxonMobil
through board members they share in common with ExxonMobil.
governments and/or corporations perpetrate gross injustice and war - or
do nothing to stop it - we, the people, must take action to end the
violence and exploitation.
Through the power of information and boycott, Consumers For Peace offers you a non-violent way, every day, to act on behalf of justice and peace. Our focus is the Iraq War.
propose a boycott of ExxonMobil Corporation products and the products
and services of nine firms that are in a position to influence
ExxonMobil through its board of directors to achieve these goals:
- Immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops and mercenaries from Iraq; and reparations for the loss of Iraqi lives and property.
of George W. Bush; and criminal prosecution of executive branch
officials who have lied to congress about the war and/or have commited war crimes and crimes against humanity.
- Join The ExxonMobil War Boycott - Buy Citgo -
VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLARS
boycott of major corporations to accomplish such goals may seem
unlikely to succeed given the size of the firms involved. And, this is
an unusual step to reach such specific objectives.
Further, we recognize the deep seriousness of action that can affect people's livelihoods.
we feel compelled to undertake this step because of the continuing
failure of the U.S. Congress to (1) face up to the gross suffering and
violations of human rights being caused by the war and (2) respond to
the growing dissatisfaction with war among the American people. The
boycott is appropriate because this Congress appears to be most
interested in satisfying the demands of major corporations.
Seeing The Light
In addition to the specific goals just mentioned, the boycott intends to demonstrate that:
the world reaches peak production of oil, ExxonMobil, other petroleum
companies and the U.S. government must understand that we will not
tolerate war for oil. Apart from the horrific suffering it causes, war
is a hopeless postponement of basic changes in the U.S. economy and
society urgently needed now. By its complicity in U.S. designs on Iraq
and the Middle East, and its fierce resistance to changing course on
global warming, ExxonMobil stands out as a leader in corporate
("Ethical issue snapshots" of ExxonMobil-
A people's history of the United States
insist on reversing impoverishment of the U.S. and Iraq that is
resulting from the war. We will not support the unconscionable
exploitation of currently impoverished people and people of color to
provide recruits for the Iraq War. And we will not tolerate the
impressing of anyone into fighting to support the global ambitions of
ExxonMobil and other petroleum companies, noting that the pricing
policies of these firms are contributing to impoverishment here and
around the world.
We seek to withdraw our economic support from ExxonMobil and redirect it to CITGO and enterprises that are willing to behave as responsible energy producers.
Let's Try a Little Enlightened Corporate Democracy
have written to ExxonMobil, urging it to publicly endorse the goals of
the boycott and to engage its full lobbying force to achieve the goals.
(ExxonMobil reports spending $7.7 million on lobbying in 2004.) And, we
have written to the nine consumer products firms that have board
members in common with ExxonMobil, urging them to endorse the boycott
goals and to persuade ExxonMobil to do so.
Novartis is the only corporation to respond:
See Novartis' response (dated November 28, 2005)
See our reply to their response (dated December 21, 2005)
Novartis' most recent reply (dated January 20, 2006)
guidance is among the responsibilities of corporate board members, and
the U.N. Human Rights Commission notes that corporations have the
obligation to "promote, secure the fulfillment of, respect, ensure
respect of and protect human rights recognized in international as well
as national law, including the rights and interestes of indigenous
peoples and other vulnerable groups."
We have provided
a copy of our letter to Dr. Henry A. McKinnell Jr., Chairman and CEO of
Pfizer Inc., who sits on the ExxonMobil board of directors. You may
wish to use it as a sample in writing your own letter to him, other
ExxonMobil board members, or Lee Raymond, head of ExxonMobil. We have
listed all the ExxonMobil board members, with addresses.
Jan. 1, 2006, address your letters to Rex Tillerson, currently
president of ExxonMobil, who will replace Mr. Raymond as ExxonMobil's
chair and CEO.
( Note: ExxonMobil, Pfizer and
Novartis are among 220 companies, keen on doing business in Iraq, that
sent representatives to a "procurement" conference in London in 2004
that was praised by a Novartis official as "the most productive,
practical and successful business event" in a series of "reconstruction
All three firms avow respect for human rights. Novartis is most
specific: "Novartis does not engage in or benefit from war crimes,
crimes against humanity, genocide, torture, forced disappearance,
forced or compulsory labor, hostage-taking, other violations of
humanitarian law or other international crimes against the human person
as defined by international law.")