“The un-American agenda of the climate cartel is an affront to the principles of liberty that founded our country.”
- Jason Isaac, director of TPPF’s Life: Powered Initiative
As Environmental, Social, and Governance bills come to the floor of legislation, we are faced with the possibility of being used by financial institutions to further political and social agendas distinctly separate of the votes we cast. Rather than pursuing profitable investments and better business decisions, institutions are being urged to make decisions based on “ESG score cards” and blatantly discriminate against industries and organizations that do not align with the feel-good narrative that is detrimental to our constitutional rights, economic freedom, and future as a nation.
Several states, including Texas and Florida, have moved to restrict or ban organizations that seek to impose policies favoring ESG initiatives in an effort to protect their taxpayers from the proliferating wokeness. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis states corporate policy is increasingly “utilized to impose ideological agenda on the American people through the perversion of financial investment priorities under the euphemistic banners of environmental, social, and corporate governance and diversity, inclusion, and equity.” These banners are a disturbing form of virtue signaling without legitimate action in the best interest of the American people.
In fact, ESG actively promotes discrimination based on religious, political, or social beliefs by assigning new metrics, beyond profit and sales, that can be used to deny individuals or organizations access to funding or opportunities. This assertion of control over entities that refuse to conform is an open door to exploitation. The host of environmental, social, and governmental concerns we face as a nation have no place in our budgets and banks but rather in the ballet box of our democratic republic.
One aspect of ESG that has recently been overturned is DEI recruiting - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The Supreme Court ruled on June 29th, 2023 that Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would be upheld and that college admission offices were not to prioritize meeting racial quotas over qualifications and individual experiences of applicants. It is evident that Title VII imparts the same rule on employers. Under DEI principles, employers would actively discriminate against some applicants in favor of those who will diversify their company, regardless of qualifications or applicable skills. Is this not a double-standard?
Elijah Tooling does not and will not comply or participate in ESG or any of its programs, to include DEI recruitment. As a privately owned business, Elijah Tooling retains the constitutional right to operate independently and pursue a mission and vision built around the core principles of Freedom found in the Bible and the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”. Martin Luther King Jr. dreamt of a nation where our next generation would not be judged by the color of their skin but rather by “the content of their character”. We hold fast to these precepts.
We accept that we may not be able to do business with you as a result of our organizational stance on this issue but cannot, in good conscience, support the woke agenda by submissively funding or incorporating ESG initiatives. If you are a supplier, we will shop elsewhere. If you are a customer, we will not sign or agree to any terms regarding this issue. If you are a potential employee, we will not incorporate DEI into our hiring process for any individual’s benefit. No exceptions will be made.