REI Condemns Voter Suppression Legislation

Apr 8, 2021

REI is committed to broadening civic engagement and advancing racial equity within the co-op and across society at large. The idea that one person is guaranteed one vote is foundational to both our co-op and our democracy.

We condemn voter suppression efforts and stand with the communities, advocates, and legislators working to protect and improve voter access across the country.

In recent weeks, legislators around the country have introduced hundreds of bills aimed to restrict voting rights and suppress the voices of those who have long been marginalized. These efforts are not necessary reforms, but a renewed attack on the fundamental right to vote. While our democratic processes can always be improved, making it harder for people to participate in that process is not an improvement.

Every election is an opportunity for us to create the change we want to see in our world. As the U.S. confronts overlapping crises in public health, racial equity and climate change, we as a purpose-driven co-op have the responsibility to work to ensure everyone has the chance to participate in the democratic process.

About the REI Co-op

REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of 24 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. In addition to the co-op’s many stores across the country, outdoor enthusiasts can shop at, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. Everyone is welcome to shop REI, but members who join the co-op enjoy a range of benefits. More than a retailer, REI is a purpose-driven and values-led company dedicated to enabling life outside for all.