October 21, 2017

The inside scoop on renting cars

Other company are now following Ford’s lead and others in exiting rightwing American Legislative Exchange Council after many consumers have now condemned membership.

Recently, the car rental powerhouse Enterprise, states that it has now resigned its current membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), which is an anti-regulation lobby segment that has now pushed against recent climate change legislation, effective now. This recent announcement follows last months revelation made by the Guardian of the publicly environmentally friendly cocorporations contributions to this group.

Currently, Enterprise is the biggest vehicle rental corporation in the world and it owns Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo and National. It has been sought for recognition of its tree-planting projects, aimed at offsetting carbon emissions, as well as its increasingly big fleet of clean automobiles.

However, the association with Alec was a bit too much for a lot of consumers, who stated that the company on social media along with petitions that they would be willing to take their business dealings elsewhere. The petition that demands that the company withdraw its current support from the lobbyist group has now reached more than 89,000 signatures at the time of this post.

Public relations correspondent, Laura Bryant, stated the company values its communication with its loyal customers and that they  have been intently listening to our customers who have voiced real concern about the ALEC alliance.

As a matter of fact, after much consideration, they have now decided to resign their membership.

The corporation’s membership in Alec, which has contributed large resources into denying and minimizing scientific effort to measure climate change, was delivered to the Guardians radar by the watchdog organization, the Center for Media and Democracy.

Enterprise now has become the latest big corporation to cease association with the organization. Ford aldo left Alec after major consumer pressure back in February; Royal Dutch Shell  also vacated the rightwing group in July of 2015. Others, that include BP and eBay, have now also done the same. The political groups positions have been met with major criticism beyond distributing model legislation meant to benefit its members financially by giving them a way to skirt regulations, the group additionally opposes minimum wage regulations.

Bryant stated that the company will continue to integrate sustainable processes across their operations and seek new ways to reduce the environmental impact of their business.

This is just yet one more example of a big company with brand sensitivity not caring to be publicly associated with Alec, states Nick Surgey, director of research at the Center for Media and Democracy. Enterprise really could have known better than to be aligned with such a toxic companies, but they should now be celebrated for having made the right decision.

 

 

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