WASHINGTON - Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) was joined by fellow northeast lawmakers Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Jared Golden (D-ME), and Annie Kuster (D-NH) on Monday in sending a letter to chief executives of Danone regarding the company’s decision to terminate its contracts with 89 organic dairy farms in Vermont and across the Northeast.
“By all accounts, your decision to sever the contracts of these 89 farms was one based solely on maximizing profits, regardless of the devastating consequences for the families and communities you cast aside and despite the reputational benefits and profit you gleaned from their work,” the letter read. “Clearly, your 2020 corporate revenue of $27 billion was not enough.”
The group urged Danone and its subsidiary, Horizon Organic, to reconsider their decision to sever contracts in the northeast, and to instead prioritize the well-being of farms and surrounding communities – calling it “especially disappointing” that this decision came as they are pursuing status as a B Corp.
The letter goes on to say, “… your actions against these Northeast farmers are in direct conflict with the B Corp commitment of ‘balancing profit with purpose’ and ‘using business as a force for good.’ We ask that you choose to live the values of the B Corp commitment and reinstate the contracts of these 89 farms, who have been a force for good in their communities and a source of profit for you.”
Full text of the letter is available here and below.