Dozens of large U.S. companies based in Hong Kong have demonstrated in favor of Black Lives Matter. However, most did not comment on the new national security law that affects all Hong Kongers. 

Large companies operating in Hong Kong have come under heavy criticism for remaining silent after the new security law imposed on Hong Kong by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), even though those same companies issued statements in favor of Black Lives Matter and social justice after George Floyd’s death.

Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Marriott, McDonald’s, Nike, Fedex, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, and many others are among the large U.S. companies that are at the center of the criticism. All of them have been quick to publish their messages of support for the movements that were generated after Floyd’s death, but have not yet done so with respect to the controversial security law imposed by the CCP that directly affects their own employees in Hong Kong. 

In a detailed work published by Daily Caller, you can see all the messages issued by these companies.

Company

Statement on BLM / George Floyd / Racial Justice in America

Statement on Hong Kong security law

American Airlines

Charting a Course to Create and Sustain Meaningful Change

 

American Express

American Express Announces Grants in Support of the Black Community

 

Bank of America

Bank of America Announces $1 Billion/4-Year Commitment to Support Economic Opportunity Initiatives

 

Chevron

chevron leaders on racial injustice and discrimination

 

Coca-Cola

Where We Stand on Social Justice

 

Dell Technologies

Standing strong together

Spokesperson statement to the DCNF: “The implications of China’s National Security Law are still evolving. We are evaluating what the possible impact could be to our team members and operations in Hong Kong.”

Estee Lauder

The Estee Lauder Companies Commits to Racial Equity

 

Expedia

CEO Peter Kern Letter to Employees

 

FedEx

Letter from Frederick W. Smith and Raj Subramaniam to All FedEx Team Members and Global Leadership

 

Grand Hyatt

Change Starts Here

 

HP, Inc.

HP’s CEO on diversity, equality, and social justice

 

IBM

IBM CEO’s Letter to Congress on Racial Justice Reform

 

Intel

Bob Swan Memo: The Sidelines Are Not An Option; Intel Pledges $1M To Address Social Justice, Racism

 

Johnson & Johnson

A Message from Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky About Recent Events in the United States

 

Marriott

We Stand Against Racism

 

Macy’s

Instagram statement

 

Mattel

Our Commitment to the Black Community

 

McDonald’s

Twitter statement

 

Morgan Stanley

Challenging Times: A Conversation About Race and the Current Social Climate

 

Nike, Inc.

Nike, Inc. Statement on Commitment to the Black Community

 

PayPal

LinkedIn statement from CEO Dan Schulman

 

Procter & Gamble

Equality. Justice. Action.

 

Scholastic

Statement in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

 

Target

A Note From Brian Cornell to Our Teams and Communities in the Twin Cities and Beyond

 

Under Armour

A Message From Under Armour CEO Patrik Frisk

 

Uber

Twitter statement

 

UPS

UPS Calls For Justice And Reform To Advance Equality

 

Visa

Action, dialogue and change

 

Wallgreens Boots Alliance

An open letter on racial injustice

 

Walmart

Advancing Our Work on Racial Equity

 

The Walt Disney Company

Resolve in a Time of Unrest: A Message to Fellow Employees

 

The few companies that have commented on the new national security law are data-management technology companies such as Google, Twitter, Microsoft, Facebook, and Telegram, which announced that they would suspend, at least temporarily, sharing data with Hong Kong after the new law is imposed, as reported by Fortune.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) surveyed 180 of its members with relationships in Hong Kong. Eighty-six percent of those surveyed said they were “extremely concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about the controversial law. Notably, many of the companies that did not comment on the law were among those 180. 

It is difficult not to wonder why none of these companies commented on it, when all of them recently expressed concern about social justice and equal rights. Is it simply apathy about international affairs? Are they afraid of affecting their relations with the Chinese Communist Party? Perhaps time will give us some answers. 

New National Security Law

The national security law adopted two weeks ago by the Chinese Communist Party is at the center of criticism from human rights bodies and organizations promoting the freedom of individuals and peoples.

Critics argue that the law severely limits freedom of expression in Hong Kong, allows authorities to arrest suspects in Hong Kong and try them in mainland China, where there are many complaints about the lack of minimum rights of expression. It also provides for the creation of a kind of secret police, which would act directly under the orders of the CCP, placing the territory under the same authoritarian rules as mainland China.

The law was approved in secret by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in Beijing and signed by General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Xi Jinping before people in Hong Kong had seen the text. The law defines as punishable offenses, “secession, subversion, organization and perpetration of terrorist activities, and collusion with a foreign country or external elements to endanger national security.” Section 29 of the said act specifically states to allow prosecution of any person “who provokes hatred by illegal means among Hong Kong residents” toward the Beijing or Hong Kong governments.