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Employees of the Estee Lauder Companies demand Ronald Lauder's removal from the board

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Thank you for taking the time to sign this petition. The list of signatures will be sent alongside a letter to William Lauder with two asks: 

1) Removal of Ronald Lauder from the Estee Lauder Companies board

2) An increased donation of $5,000,000 in solidarity with the Black community, and victims of police violence

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Dear Mr. William Lauder, 

I am sending you this message on behalf of a collective of Estee Lauder Companies employees, and allies to the Black community. Along with this letter we have included a petition for the removal of Ronald Lauder from the board of the Estee Lauder Companies. 

Thank you for participating in this morning’s NOBLE Town Hall. Unfortunately, many of our questions were not answered due to limited time. Considering your vocalized support of the Black community, we feel confident and hopeful that you will respond now.

As you know, Ronald Lauder’s personal investments have been made public. In 2018, Ronald Lauder made a $1.6million personal donation to the National Horizon Super PAC in support of Donald Trump. In 2017, Ronald Lauder made a $100,000 personal donation to the Trump campaign. In 2016, Ronald Lauder made a $50,000 personal donation to the National Horizon Super PAC. In 2012, Ronald Lauder made a $250,000 personal donation to the National Horizon Super PAC. Ronald Lauder joined the Estee Lauder Companies board in 2016, which means he has made personal donations of at least $1,750,000 in support of Donald Trump while working for this company.

During this morning’s NOBLE Town Hall, you informed us that the Estee Lauder Companies will be making a donation of $1,000,000 in the interest of the Black community. This total does not match, or exceed Ronald Lauder’s personal donations in support of state sanctioned violence.

As you consider this petition, we hope that you will also consider and answer the following questions:

  • Do you think having Ronald Lauder represent the Estee Lauder Companies in leadership and by public example, will be perceived as damaging to any statement or PR action the Estee Lauder Companies makes now in support of the Black community?
  • How does Ronald Lauder’s public support of Donald Trump, both financially and in calling him a “man of intelligence” on record, not imply support from the Estee Lauder Companies, or make us complicit in Donald Trump’s agenda?
  • Do you consider the state sponsored violence and racism at the hands of United States police related to your current motivation to declare solidarity with the Black community? If not, why?
  • When deciding to protect Ronald Lauder’s position on the board, did you plan to have the Estee Lauder Companies make a public statement to our consumers? If not, why?

The public believes (and your employees believe) that supporting a company by purchasing its products is akin to supporting the leadership of that company and their values. 

Ronald Lauder is a visible supporter of both Donald Trump, and the Estee Lauder Companies. Ronald Lauder’s involvement with the Estee Lauder Companies is damaging to our corporate values, our relationship with the Black community, our relationship with this company’s Black employees, and this company’s legacy.

Below are our final questions to you, Mr. Lauder: 

  • Are you willing to increase the company’s total donations in the interest of the safety and health of the Black community to $5,000,000? 
    If not, why?
  • Will you remove Ronald Lauder from the board of the Estee Lauder Companies, in an act of solidarity with the Black community and victims of police violence? 
    If not, why? 


Thank you for taking the time to read this, we all look forward to your response.

Best Regards, 

Your Employees



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