Business leaders react to Trump's Paris accord decision

A number of companies and leaders condemned the move.

— -- High profile business leaders are reacting to President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, including executives from three of Silicon Valley's biggest and most influential tech firms as well as other blue-chip U.S. businesses in finance, energy and manufacturing.

The backlash from leaders of large U.S. corporations contrasts with Trump's statements saying the agreement's restrictions would hurt American jobs and businesses.

"The bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States," said Trump, adding later, "I promised I would exit or renegotiate any deal which fails to serve America's interests." The president left open the possibility that the U.S. could re-enter an altered compact.

Here's a look at what several organizations and leaders are saying:

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella


Disney CEO Robert Iger

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chief Sustainability Officer Lara Birkes

“As a global company with customers that span that world, HPE stands with leading businesses and the international community in reaffirming strong support for the Paris Agreement.”


Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff

Gap Inc.

"We will continue to work with like-minded businesses, NGOs and other stakeholders to support solutions that will create a more sustainable and economically strong future for the people and communities touched by our business around the world. It's not only the right thing for the planet, but also the right path forward for business growth, job creation and human health."

National Grid

"In recent weeks, we have joined several of the largest U.S. companies to urge President Trump to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement on climate change. We maintain that our nation’s leadership on this issue is vital to U.S. business interests and critical to protecting our environment for future generations."

“Mars stands by the Paris Climate Agreement. We remain committed to work with all governments and our supply chain partners around the world to achieve the carbon reduction targets the planet needs.”

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