The CEO of Campbell Soup Co. will remain on President Donald J. Trump‘s manufacturing council, which already lost the only other local company executive on Monday – one of three U.S. chief executives to step down from the group in less than 24 hours.

The Camden, N.J.-based food company cites CEO Denise Morrison‘s decision to remain on the council to a need to be “active champions” on diversity.

Three CEOs on Monday stepped down from Trump’s manufacturing council following the president’s original reaction and statements on the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Kenneth Frazier of Kenilworth, N.J.-based Merck early Monday stepped down, citing “America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy.”

Kevin Plank of Under Armour and Brian Krzanich of Intel followed Frazier’s lead later in the day and announced they, too, would leave the council.

Trump first announced the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative in late January as part of his agenda to create jobs. Part of the initiative including the president bringing together CEOs to discuss “how best to promote job growth and get Americans back to work again,” according to an earlier White House announcement.

At least 20 CEOs remain on Trump’s Manufacturing Council as of press time on Tuesday, Aug. 15, including Campbell’s Morrison, who was part of the initial list of chief executives released in January.

While some of her colleagues stepped down, Morrison confirmed Tuesday morning she plans to stay, though she said the events that took place Virginia was not lost on company officials.

“The reprehensible scenes of bigotry and hatred on display in Charlottesville over the weekend have no place in our society,” Campbell said in a statement to the Philadelphia Business Journal.

“Not simply because of the violence, but because the racist ideology at the center of the protests is wrong and must be condemned in no uncertain terms,” Campbell’s statement continued.

Campbell said it holds the belief that diversity and inclusion are “critical” to the success of the business and culture at Campbell.

“Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is unwavering, and we will remain active champions for these efforts,” the company’s statement reads.

“We believe it continues to be important for Campbell to have a voice and provide input on matters that will affect our industry, our company and our employees in support of growth,” Campbell continued.

“Therefore, Ms. Morrison will remain on the President’s Manufacturing Jobs Initiative,” Campbell’s statement concluded.

Chief executives stepping down from Trump’s manufacturing council is meaningful, since Trump himself is a businessman who, with this council, surrounded himself with other leaders with business acumen.

“These departures don’t affect what the president wants to do legislatively, and these advisory boards are always mostly symbolic,” according to NPR. “But the symbolism really is key here. It helps Trump’s image to be surrounded by captains of industry.”

“As they separate themselves from him, the president of the United States, it highlights the rift between Trump and corporate America,” NPR added.

A few CEOs stepped down earlier this year in matters unrelated to Charlottesville — Elon Musk of Tesla and Bob Iger of Disney both left after Trump in June announced the United States would pull out of the Paris Climate Accord.

Who’s out?

  • Kenneth Frazier, CEO of Merck and an African-American, left the council Monday, strongly hinting that his decision was prompted by Trump’s tepid condemnation of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

  • Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, left this council and Trump’s business advisory council after the president’s announcement that the U.S. would pull out of the Paris Climate Accords, on June 1, tweeting, “Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.”

  • Others who left as a result of leaving their respective companies: Mark Fields of Ford, Klaus Kleinfeld from Arconic, Mario Longhi of U.S. Steel and Doug Oberhelman from Caterpillar.

  • Update: CEO of Under Armour, Kevin Plank, left “to focus on inspiring & uniting through power of sport,” he tweeted. And Intel CEO Brian Krzanich is out too.

Who’s still in?

  • Andrew Liveris, Dow Chemical Company

  • Bill Brown, Harris Corporation

  • Michael Dell, Dell Technologies

  • John Ferriola, Nucor Corporation

  • Jeff Fettig, Whirlpool Corporation

  • Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson

  • Greg Hayes, United Technologies

  • Marilyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin Corporation

  • Jim Kamsickas, Dana Inc.

  • Rich Kyle, The Timken Company

  • Thea Lee, AFL-CIO

  • Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup Company

  • Dennis Muilenberg, Boeing

  • Scott Paul, Alliance for American Manufacturing

  • Michael Polk, Newell Brands

  • Mark Sutton, International Paper

  • Inge Thulin, 3M

  • Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO

  • Wendell Weeks, Corning

  • Jeff Immelt, GE

 

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