Chemours manager quits over ‘woke culture’
A Chemours board member has resigned and slammed the chemical company for wanting to make a ‘woke’ cultural statement by including abortion coverage and gender transition procedures in its employee benefits plan.
Bradley Bell’s resignation was initially reported by Chemours as being for “personal reasons” and Chief Financial Officer Sameer Ralhan said Chemours “is grateful for Mr. Bell’s leadership and dedicated service and for the contributions he has made. he has made to the company”. An updated Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing on Tuesday revealed the depth of Bell’s angst over the society’s coverage of abortion.
Bell chairs a nonprofit called the Pregnancy Resource Center of Southwest Florida (formerly Life Choice Crisis Pregnancy Center), a network of pregnancy clinics and education centers that exist to prevent abortion.
Bell has notified Chemours Board Chair Dawn Farrell and CEO Mark Newman of her resignation effective January 2, 2023, in a December 21 letter. Bell wrote: “While I don’t think it is the role of the board to design employee benefit plans, I strongly believe that the board has a major role in setting the moral tone and direction of Chemours as a whole.”
He called the company’s coverage of abortion and gender transition “morally and ethically wrong” and said he “cannot reconcile my membership on the Chemours board with my beliefs and my commitments to other organizations promoting the opposite point of view”.
Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization earlier this year that overturned Roe vs. Wade and left abortion rights to the states, Chemours decided to expand its abortion benefits to include coverage for employee travel to states with more permissive policies.
“Chemours management mentioned this ‘benefit’ as something employees indicated was important to them,” Bell wrote. “Is that really the case, or does the company just want to make a statement in our increasingly ‘woke’ culture?”
A spokesperson for Chemours made the following statement to FOX Business (emphasis in original): “Chemours’ ambition to be a Great workplace for all, starts with our values. Every day we focus on holistic security that prioritizes the physical, emotional and psychological safety of every person at Chemours, and our benefits reflect this approach. The company recognizes Mr. Bell’s personal beliefs and respects his decision to step down.”
Chemours is a chemical company founded in 2015 as a spin-off from DuPont that manufactures and sells performance chemicals.
Bell served on Chemours’ board for seven and a half years after the split and noted in his resignation letter that he was “proud of all that management has done to refine the business portfolio and make Chemours a global leader in its chosen segments.”
However, Bell said that “Since becoming aware of our current and planned benefits offerings, I have lost the pride I felt in my membership and know that I must end my term as administrator”.