ICAR & co-signers submit letter concerning Rex Tillerson’s Secretary of State confirmation hearing

Washington, D.C. (January 10, 2017) – The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), and 15 other civil society organizations sent a letter to members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations today concerning the confirmation hearing of Mr. Rex Tillerson as the United States Secretary of State, scheduled on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.

We write to express our strong concerns and reservations about the candidacy of Mr. Rex Tillerson as the United States Secretary of State.

In the past decade, Mr. Tillerson served as the Chief Executive Officer of Exxon Mobil, a company with a dangerous track record on human rights and the environment.

Under Mr. Tillerson’s leadership, Exxon has been charged, found guilty, or fined for violating environmental laws across the United States. In 2015, published reports further revealed that Exxon has engaged in a decades-long campaign to mislead the public and its own investors on the danger of climate change.

Exxon also has a history of dubious human rights performance outside of the United States. Lawsuits accusing Exxon of complicity in human rights abuses in Indonesia are still ongoing after 15 years. In addition, Mr. Tillerson’s close relationship with the Russian government may also impede his ability to fulfill the duty as Secretary of State to promote human rights in Russia and countries within Russia’s sphere of influence.

We urge the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to use the confirmation process to elicit views and commitments from Mr. Tillerson to upholding and promoting America’s international obligations and commitments to the rule of law, respect for human rights and workers’ rights, and protection of the environment.

The letter can be viewed here.

For media inquiries, please contact ICAR’s Executive Director, Amol Mehra at amol@icar.ngo or 202-296-0146. For further information on the letter, please contact Sophia Lin, ICAR’s Legal and Policy Associate, at sophia@icar.ngo or 202-296-0147.