Join the Time to Vote Initiative
A coalition of U.S. companies, including many USFIA members, are supporting the Time to Vote initiative, a non-partisan movement to increase voter participation in the 2020 election. In case you missed it, here is the Wall Street Journal article about the group.
The business-led initiative wants to guarantee that employees don’t have to choose between voting and earning a paycheck. Time to Vote companies are committed to creating a voting culture for workers by providing accommodations such as paid time off on Election Day, making Election Day a day without meetings, or providing resources for mail-in ballots and early voting.
Time to Vote is business-led, nonpartisan, and free to join. To date, 383 companies have joined Time to Vote, including USFIA members Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Levi Stauss & Co., PVH Corp., and Ralph Lauren Corporation. The goal for the Time to Vote movement is to attract more than 1,000 companies by November, creating an overall increase in voter participation. Click here to join Time to Vote.
See what Time to Vote Companies are saying:
Levi Strauss & Co.
“For a democracy to thrive, we must make our voices heard, and we do that through our vote. The very act of voting is a hard-won right, and as business leaders we have a responsibility to make sure that our workplace allows and encourages people to exercise that right. We are proud to recommit to the Time to Vote movement and ensure that all our employees have the time and support they need to do their civic duty.” —Chip Bergh, president and CEO, Levi Strauss & Co., San Francisco, CA
“There’s an adage, ‘the world is run by those who show up.’ Only about 60 percent of Americans vote, despite billions of dollars spent trying to get people to the polls. Time to Vote CEOs have an ability to reach the largest voting bloc—eligible nonvoters—by ensuring their employees have the time they need to learn their ballot and cast their vote. No worker should have to choose between earning a paycheck and voting, and it is on all of us as responsible business leaders to contribute to the culture shift needed to increase voter participation in our elections. Let’s all show up and vote this November.” —Rose Marcario, CEO, Patagonia, Ventura, CA
Ralph Lauren Corporation
“Ralph has always been inspired by the dreams and imaginations of women and men around the world, and the idea that you can be whatever you want to be. This inspiration is reflected not only in our brands, but in how we operate our business and engage our teams. It is also part of the fabric of democracy, which is why we are proud to join the non-partisan Time to Vote initiative and encourage our employees to exercise their right to vote and have a voice by participating in city, state and federal elections.” –Patrice Louvet, president & CEO, Ralph Lauren Corporation, New York, NY
“Across VF and our brands, we believe that strong democratic processes enhance society and individual lives, and that no one should have to forgo financial income to exercise their constitutional right to vote. We are proud to once again be part of the Time to Vote initiative and support this important movement to encourage US workers to engage in our democratic process and let their voices be heard.” —Steve Rendle, chairman, president and CEO, VF Corporation, Denver, CO