As a supporter of lululemon and an active yogini I don’t think having a person like Thomas G. Stemberg as the director of the nominating and governance committee is a healthy idea.
It has recently come to my attention that Mr. Stemberg thinks that women breastfeeding at work is hurting our American economy. He has recently said “Do you want [farming retailer] Tractor Supply to open stores or would you rather they take their capital and do what Obamacare and its 2,700 pages dictates – which is to open a lactation chamber at every single store that they have… I don’t think every retail store in America should have to go to lactation chambers, which is what Obamacare foresees.”
This is not about politics or Obamacare. This is about providing a safe place for women to be able to continue to provide the proper nutrition to their children with the support of their company.
I don’t think that Mr. Stemberg understands the importance not only of working mothers in America, but also how crucial pieces of legislation like this are to help support working mothers and promote a better economy. When women can’t breastfeed or pump regularly their breast milk supply can dry up or run out faster and formula is not only not as beneficial to infants and babies as breast milk, but formula is also extremely expensive and a luxury many working mothers cannot afford. According to the World Health Organization, “Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.” Without the proper places for lactation to occur, breastfeeding or pumping may not take place as often as needed.
I will no longer support lululemon until Mr. Stemberg is no longer a director on your board or in any position on your board of directors. As an organization that is committed to healthy living and community I would expect you would have the same standards.
The men and women who support working mothers