Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013
PTC – A MOST POLITICALLY INCORRECT COMPANY
Capitol Hill. Tuesday, January 22, 2013 --- A multi-national Massachusetts company is being accused by a Catholic priest of insensitivity, if not bigotry, and indifference to discrimination in its operations in The Holy Land.
PTC headquartered in Needham has incurred the wrath of Fr. Sean Mc Manus, President of the Capitol Hill–based Irish National Caucus. Fr. Mc Manus in 1984 launched the effective Mac Bride Principles and last month launched the Holy Land Principles – a corporate code of conduct for U.S. companies doing business in the Holy Land ( Israel/Palestine/ West Bank/East Jerusalem/Gaza Strip).
He has written to all 573 American companies doing business there, urging them to sign the Holy Land Principles, enclosing with the letter his Memoirs, My American Struggle for Justice in Northern Ireland … And The Holy Land – which makes the case for both the Mac Bride Principles and the Holy Land Principles.(See below for further information on both sets of Principles).
So far the companies are responding with interest and politeness, except, that is, PTC, which describes itself as, "As one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing technology companies, [that] works with more than 27,000 businesses around the world., [has] 6, 000 employees.”
PTC summarily dismissed Fr. Mc Manus with the extraordinary email missile: "We are not interested. PLEASE remove PTC from all future mailing lists.” (See copy below). This most politically incorrect response was made on behalf of Ms. Kristian Talvitie, Vice President of Corporate Communications and – at least in one listing – Investor Relations Contact.
“ I’ve never had such a politically incorrect response from any company, ” explained Fr. Mc Manus. “ Even companies up to their neck in anti-Catholic
Not interested in the Holy Land Principles… Not interested in fair employment in its operations in the Holy Land… Not interested in how the Mac Bride Principles helped to combat anti-Catholic discrimination in Northern Ireland.
What sort of a message is that to Americans who expect American principles to follow investment? What is that saying to PTC investors?
Fr. Mc Manus continued: “I know this has to be the explicit position of the Company because the rules of the Company state as its first corporative imperative: "Avoid Misrepresentation: Never make oral or written misrepresentations or dishonest or misleading statements to anyone. If you are unsure of a particular fact, you should first undertake to confirm the information in question before providing it to others.”
(PTC Web Site).
From: "Whoriskey, Kristen" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: FW: YOUR COMPANY AND THE HOLY LAND PRINCIPLES
Date: January 21, 2013 8:46:47 AM EST
Barbara – Thank you for your time but we are not interested. PLEASE remove PTC from all future mailing lists.
From: Talvitie, Kristian
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2013 1:55 PM
PTC Corporate Headquarters
140 Kendrick Street
Needham, MA 02494
Phone: (781) 370-5000
Fax: (781) 370-6000
Saturday, January 19, 2013
MY AMERICAN STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE IN IRELAND ... AND THE HOLY LAND
Friday, January 18, 2013
TDs, MLAs and AFL-CIO Receive Holy Land Edition of Fr.Mc Manus Book
1. Adhere to equal and fair employment practices in hiring, compensation, training, professional education, advancement and governance without discrimination based on racial, ethnic or religious identity.
2. Identify underrepresented employee groups and initiate active recruitment efforts to increase the number of underrepresented employees to a level proportional to their representation in society.
3. Make every reasonable effort to ensure that all employees have the ability to easily, openly and equally travel to and access corporate facilities.
7. Not accept subsidies, tax incentives or other benefits that lead to the direct advantage of one racial, ethnic or religious group over another.