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CAGP Letter to Adidas

CAGP Letter to Adidas

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To voice our opposition to these tactics, the Consumers Alliance sent a letter to adidas Group CEO Herbert Hainer warning the company about the consequences of allowing Greenpeace to dictate their supply chain.
To voice our opposition to these tactics, the Consumers Alliance sent a letter to adidas Group CEO Herbert Hainer warning the company about the consequences of allowing Greenpeace to dictate their supply chain.

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Consumers Alliance for Global Prosperity
1250 Connecticut Avenue, NW | Suite 200 | Washington, DC 20006 | +1 (202) 261-6592
September 15, 2011Mr. Herbert HainerChief Executive Officeradidas GroupAdi-Dassler-Strasse 1Herzogenaurach, 91074GermanyDear Mr. Hainer:I write with disappointment concerning
adidas Group’s
August 26 decision to accept the baselessdemands of Greenpeace
International’s
Detox campaign. Your company recently stated
, “
Theadidas Group has together with other brands been working tirelessly in recent weeks to bring theindustry together in a forum to develop a roadmap that will address the 'zero discharge' challenge
that Greenpeace has posed.”
The Consumers Alliance for Global Prosperity finds this to be anunfortunate development.The Consumers Alliance supports efforts undertaken to achieve a cleaner environment. Theefforts of Greenpeace carried out in the name of conservation, however, are not always what theyseem. In fact, our Alliance believes that your company is a victim of considerable
g
reenmail” – 
 the blackmailing of multinational corporations by environmental activists. This is particularlyfrustrating since adidas Group did not fight back and defend its products. And now is especiallynot the time to capitulate to
this environmental organization’
s smear tactics, especiallyconsidering the tepid economic climate globally.For the
sake of your customers’ budgets and the livelihoods of worke
rs in developing nations, Iurge you to rever
se course and reject Greenpeace’s radical environmentalism,
a myopic ideologythat restricts free trade, imposes hardship on workers and shackles consumers with higher pricesand fewer choices. In addition, adidas G
roup’s acceptance of Greenpeace’s
ransom willnegatively affect many other stakeholders throughout your supply chain.In fact, a
s the world’s second
-largest sports apparel manufacturer, you and your colleagues knowbest how to manage a global supply chain
 – 
from cotton mills to dye houses and manufacturingfacilities
 – 
not Greenpeace. Why then are you yielding to its biased claims, especially concerningthe use of nonylphenol ethoxylates? Greenpeace is nothing more than a special interest pressuregroup and has repeatedly shown not only its disregard for science, technology and developingworld forestry and agriculture, but also a willingness to treat myth as fact.a
didas Group’s capitulation to Greenpeace’s
latest anti-trade and pro-poverty advocacy isemblematic of a larger trend. Accordingly, I would like to remind you what Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore has stated previously concerning his disassociation with the

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