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Leader Rodgers Calls on Companies Sponsoring the Beijing Olympics to Stand up Against China’s Human Rights Abuses


01.13.22

The Chinese Communist Party continues to commit atrocious human rights abuses—from genocide to forced labor and the suppression of free speech. Yet the International Olympic Committee (IOC) official corporate partners—including both American and foreign multinational corporations that rely on American consumers—have remained silent on the CCP’s abuses and neglect to defend civil liberties and human rights.  

Today, House Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) joined Sandra Smith and John Roberts on Fox News’ America Reports to discuss the letter being sent to IOC partners. The letter asks companies to share how they will use their “creative and financial investments in the games to shed light on what media coverage and commercials will likely not showcase – China’s history of human rights abuses and calculated deception.”  

WATCH Leader Rodgers on FOX NEWS and read the letter below.  

We are appealing to these American companies, to companies that depend upon American consumers to defend human rights. In this letter we ask the question: “Where is the red line? If its not human rights, if its not slave labor, silencing and disappearing citizens, genocide, where’s that red line? Or is it really about their bottom line? We’re calling on them to defend human values and our integrity and to take action to stand up to the Chinese Communist Party. We ask questions about what their financial interests are, questions about supply chains, as well as their relationship with the Chinese Communist Party.  Leader Rodgers 

Highlights and excerpts from the letter sent to IOC partners: 

“With the 2022 Winter Olympics set to commence in Beijing, China on February 4th, we write to inquire how you will use your creative and financial investments in the games to shed light on what media coverage and commercials will likely not showcase – China’s history of human rights abuses and calculated deception. As members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, we have jurisdiction over how businesses conduct U.S. commerce, and how the U.S. preserves the integrity of competitive sports. Like our athletes competing abroad, we believe all companies doing business in the U.S. must be examples to the world, as their success has been benefited by our country’s respect for the rule of law, human rights, and entrepreneurial enterprise. 

“The twentieth anniversary of China’s entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) occurred this past December. It is a reminder that the privilege this membership bestows upon a country means to move away from state-led subsidies and control, as well as questionable business practices and reprehensible treatment of labor. That was the expectation of both the U.S. and the rest of the developed world when granting China’s admission, and a primary reason why it recently admonished China for purposely failing to meet this expectation. Instead, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that controls the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has further tightened its grip as opposed to opening up their country to Western values. As you are no doubt aware, the CCP is responsible for atrocities against Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang province. In addition to these despicable actions, the CCP continues to crack down on the citizens of Hong Kong and silence those who speak out against the party. Meanwhile, the authoritarian regime in Beijing continues to use its military presence to threaten Taiwan. These well-documented facts should startle every American and garner more attention in your corporate boardroom. We are not alone in this criticism, as CNN anchor Jake Tapper recently blasted U.S. entities involved with Beijing’s authoritarian regime following the disappearance of tennis star Peng Shuai, saying “There is no amount of money that can buy enough soap to wash that blood off their hands,” and former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer stated that “China is not working for the good of the world. China is bent on having superiority over the world which could take it in all kinds of dangerous directions.” 

“Poor decision-making and the selection process of host cities by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is not a new issue. What has changed is how commercial entities are increasingly using their resources as leverage to pursue their corporate interests in the United States versus internationally. For instance, Coca-Cola, JP Morgan Chase, Citi, Microsoft, and Delta inserted themselves into a disingenuous and hyperbolic debate over Georgia’s election law. Companies haven’t always acted so different abroad as they did here at home. Twenty years ago, John Hancock Insurance led a corporate effort for the IOC to clean up its act. Sadly, the stakes are now much higher than bribery scandals as corporate entities, and the IOC itself, lack the resolve to take on the PRC for fear of reprisal. 

“The rapprochement that began when President Richard Nixon visited China in 1972 with the goal of opening China to the West to bring about peaceful relations and freedom to China’s people through commerce was pivotal at the time. However, it has become clear that President Nixon’s goal to encourage freedom and human rights through commerce in China will not work while Western companies continue to capitulate to the CCP. As one of the corporate sponsors of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, you have a unique platform that will reach billions of people this February.” 

CLICK HERE  to read the letter to Airbnb. 

CLICK HERE to read the letter to Alibaba Group. 

CLICK HERE to read the letter to Allianz. 

CLICK HERE to read the letter to Atos. 

CLICK HERE to read the letter to Bridgestone. 

CLICK HERE to read the letter to Coca Cola. 

CLICK HERE to read the letter to Intel. 

CLICK HERE to read the letter to Omega. 

CLICK HERE to read the letter to Panasonic. 

CLICK HERE to read the letter to Proctor & Gamble. 

CLICK HERE to read the letter to Samsung. 

CLICK HERE to read the letter to Toyota. 

CLICK HERE to read the full letter to VISA. 

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