After a petition calling on Hootsuite to cancel its contract with US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the social media management platform confirmed on Twitter and through a statement from its CEO that it “has decided not to do business with the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.”
The announcement comes following reports that the Vancouver-based company had recently signed a three-year contract with ICE.
The petition, created on leadnow.ca, states “ICE is committing human rights atrocities. Full stop.”
And yet, it continues, “Hootsuite, a certified B Company that is chartered explicitly ‘meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance’, just signed a three-year contract with ICE. This is complicity with Trump’s neofascist human rights abuses – for profit.
“People in Canada are mortified by the Trump regime. We may not be able to vote in their election, but we certainly will not sit idly by and allow a Canadian corporation to profit from atrocity. We are demanding that Hootsuite join the many corporations who have cut ties with ICE, and cancel the new contract immediately.”
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On Thursday, Hootsuite President and CEO Tom Kaiser said that “over the last 24 hours, there has been a broad and emotional reaction from our people and this has spurred additional dialog. We have heard the lived experiences from our people and the hurt they are feeling. The decision has created a divided company and this is not the kind of company I came to lead.”
Kaiser states that he and the rest of Hootsuite’s management team “share the concerns our people have expressed.
As a result, “we have decided to not proceed with the deal with ICE.”