Today United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) joined New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio in announcing that Porsche AG has ended its business in Iran. In a statement, the pressure group headed by former U.S. Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, said Porsche officials have confirmed that the company is no longer “engaged in any business or providing any goods or services in Iran,” and “has no intention to conduct business in Iran in the near future.”
Last month, UANI and Iran180 joined New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio in announcing the launch of a new website, IranWatchList.com, and a corresponding consumer action campaign to pressure companies doing business in Iran.
The campaign’s most visible targets are 12 global automakers that continue to sell vehicles in Iran – and UANI says to Iran’s military – despite the latest round of economic sanctions from the United States and the European Union. The automakers hold millions of dollars in contracts from the U.S. Defense Department or other government agencies.
In the view of some, this is a perfect example of the hypocritically bad behavior of global corporations supporting terrorism and repression abroad in the pursuit of profits against the policies of their home governments, whose democratic laws protect them and provide for the well being their stockholders and executives.
“That’s two down, eleven to go,” said de Blasio. “I applaud Porsche for making the right decision. Consumers here have the power to force these companies out of Iran and tighten the screws on Tehran’s regime. Our message is clear: you can do business with the Iranian regime or you can do business with the American consumer–but you can’t do both.”
UANI has developed model legislation, The DRIVE Act, to force auto manufacturers to choose between American taxpayers and the regime. The DRIVE Act requires automakers to certify they are not engaged in any business in Iran, or engaged in the implementation of any agreement with Iranian entities in order to be eligible for U.S. government contracts or financial assistance.