Human Rights Groups Urge U.S. Soccer to Remove Volkswagen Partnership
The American Alliance for Automotive Corporate Social Responsibility, International Religious Freedom Roundtable, Jewish World Watch, and the Uyghur Human Rights Project urge the US Soccer Federation to remove Volkswagen as a presenting sponsor.
A coalition of 86 human rights and religious freedom leaders and organizations are imploring the US Soccer Federation to end their partnership with Volkswagen, so they do not remain complicit in the company's "inaction in the face of ongoing atrocity crimes." Click HERE to read the full letter and list of signatories.
Volkswagen is currently operating a plant in the Uyghur Region of Xinjiang and has yet to seriously address or denounce the Chinese Communist Party's crimes against the Uyghur people.
During the Uyghur Week of Action in April, AAACSR, IRF Roundtable, JWW, and UHRP called on Volkswagen to close its operations in China.
Advocacy for the Uyghur people, and calling on Volkswagen to end complicity, has continued through the release of this letter to US Soccer Federation President Cindy Parlow Cone and Chief Executive Officer Will Wilson.
Given Volkswagen's history of deep complicity in the crimes of the Holocaust, particular concern has been expressed given that its continued refusal to answer urgent questions about its partnership with the Xinjiang government is unacceptable.
By remaining partnered with Volkswagen, US Soccer is taking the position that it accepts inaction in the face of ongoing atrocity crimes.
Earlier this year, the US Government and the Canadian, UK, Dutch and Lithuanian parliaments determined that these crimes constitute crimes against humanity and genocide. The EU, New Zealand, and Italy have also passed motions condemning the abuses.
As US Soccer views the sport of soccer as a "powerful vehicle for social change," as stated in the Federation's mission, the partnership between US Soccer and Volkswagen hinders social change and is a disservice to underserved communities.
American Alliance for Automotive Corporate Social Responsibility (AAACSR) is an independent, apolitical organization committed to ensuring up-to-date corporate social responsibility policies and standards among the global automotive industry in the United States. https://aaacsr.org
The International Religious Freedom Roundtable is a convenor of NGOs and individuals from any faith that works for freedom of religion or belief. https://www.irfroundtable.org
Jewish World Watch is an expression of Judaism in action, bringing help and healing to survivors of mass atrocities around the globe and seeking to inspire people of all faiths and cultures to join the ongoing fight against genocide. https://www.jww.org
The Uyghur Human Rights Project promotes the rights of the Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim peoples in East Turkistan, referred to by the Chinese Communist Party as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, through research-based advocacy. https://uhrp.org
AAASCR - The People v. The People’s Car: How Volkswagen’s Corporate Culture is Primed to Deceive
Hareetz - Once Jews, Now Uighurs: Why Would Volkswagen Want to Be Complicit in Another Genocide?
Newsweek - Hugo Boss and Volkswagen Repeat History by Exploiting Enslaved Uyghurs
Washington Examiner – Volkswagen, close your factor in Xinjiang and protect Uyghur human right
AAACSR Report: The People v. The People’s Car: How Volkswagen’s Corporate Culture is Primed to Deceive
As part of its #DefeatTheVice campaign, the American Alliance for Automotive Corporate Social Responsibility (AAACSR) announces the publication of a report analysis: The People v. The People’s Car: How Volkswagen’s Corporate Culture is Primed to Deceive. Download here for free.
Earlier this year, the U.S. government “formally labeled the Chinese government's policies targeting ethnic Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in the northwest region of Xinjiang as ‘genocide,’” constituting serious crimes against humanity.
“Malfeasance at Volkswagen in the 21st century did not begin with the so-called ‘dieselgate’ scandal in 2015 but is perhaps what the company is best known for state-side,” reads the report.
Changchun FAW-Volkswagen worker representative Ai Zhenyu was detained by Chinese police in 2017 for organizing for equal pay. Following his release from police custody, Ai told the China Labour Bulletin: “Volkswagen and Audi have been exposed for their discriminatory practices against Chinese agency workers, they’ve totally disregarded the human rights of Chinese workers.”
AAACSR serves as a watchdog to ensure that global automotive makers competing for American consumer demands are following the highest standards in the following core areas: the environment and clean air, supply chain sustainability and fairness, health and safety, labor and human rights, diversity and inclusion, and the protection of American consumers and the economy.
AAACSR calls on the public to join our #DefeatTheVice campaign in bringing awareness and ensuring up-to-date corporate social responsibility policies and standards among the global automotive industry in the U.S., including Volkswagen.
Special thanks to Amanda Rivkin
AAACSR to Answer President Biden’s Call to Action for a More Sustainable Future
February 9, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Alliance for Automotive Corporate Social Responsibility, also known as AAACSR, launched today in our nation’s capital.
AAACSR is an independent apolitical organization committed to ensuring up-to-date corporate social responsibility policies and standards among the global automotive industry in the United States.
“The recent executive actions taken by President Biden in rejoining the Paris Agreement in order to tackle the climate crisis in the United States and abroad have implored the American people to act,” said AAACSR Advisory Board Member Meto Koloski. “AAACSR will answer the President’s call to action by working to create a more sustainable future through automotive corporate social responsibility.”
AAACSR’s core areas of work will focus on the environment and clean air, supply chain sustainability and fairness, health and safety, labor and human rights, and the protection of American consumers and the economy. AAACSR will serve as a watchdog to ensure that global automotive makers competing for American consumer demands are following the highest standards in these core areas.
•Aims to make businesses accountable for continuously demonstrating and improving the environmental performance of their operations.
•Invites businesses to integrate environmentally viable and fair practices throughout the full supply chain cycle.
•Commits to ensuring businesses are working to establish best practice resources and taking the required measures to address health and safety concerns.
•Puts an extreme priority on surfacing companies’ labor and human rights violations and encouraging them to be transparent and morally obliged.
•Prioritizes preventing deceptive business practices, mismanagement of resources, and maintaining competition to promote a fair marketplace in the U.S.
To become an AAACSR organizational partner, join our expert bodies, or get involved in AAACSR’s mission, please visit our website www.aaacsr.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 670-7149.