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@Rosden @Boylehp @Joe thank you, again, for bringing this to our attention. We always like to hear from our members on important topics like this, and appreciate your taking the time to contact us. We are currently in a multi-year contract with US Bank, which issues the REI credit card for those who choose it. That relationship enables us to pool money from member transactions using the REI card, and invest millions of dollars in our national forests. We recognize that some of our members may have concerns about this relationships and that, along with our own values, has prompted us to examine our relationship with financial institutions with particular attention on greater alignment on this and other related beliefs. Where banks capable of meeting our business needs do not sufficiently prioritize environmental, social and governance practices, we advocate for improvements and will explore alternatives.

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Such a disappointing response. Don't expect corporate style gobbledegook from a environmentally oriented co-op. How about a clear statement that REI is appalled by US Bank and its CEO's response and that at the expiration of its current contract it is committed to looking elsewhere unless there is a real change apparent.

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"That relationship enables us to pool money from member transactions using the REI card, and invest millions of dollars in our national forests." Of course, this would be true no matter which bank REI used for its credit card.

"Where banks capable of meeting our business needs do not sufficiently prioritize environmental, social and governance practices, we advocate for improvements and will explore alternatives." What has REI done to 'advocate for improvements and explore alternatives' as a result of US Bank's awful handling of this situation?

US Bank posted a press release sign by Andy Cecere, Chairman, President and CEO responding to the outcry related to the behavior reported on by Nicolas Kristof. (https://www.usbank.com/newsroom/stories/response-to-the-recently-publicized-employment-decision.html)

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