Standing with Our Employees, and Immigrants Everywhere

Carl Bass, president and CEO of Autodesk

At Autodesk, we value diversity of opinion, experience and background. It helps us create great products and be competitive in a tough market. Our team is made up of men and women from a variety of countries of origin, with a variety of religious backgrounds, and their differing experiences create a strong whole, able to see the needs of customers from around the world. Simply, immigration is important for our business.

So when President Trump filed Friday’s executive order on immigration, it hit close to home for us here at Autodesk and for me personally. As the grandson of immigrants, I know how important a welcoming United States is to so many. And working alongside immigrants throughout my career, I know how important it is to have that diversity of experience and background on a team.

This isn’t just a Silicon Valley issue. This is an issue for every region of our country, and every industry in which we compete. We won’t be successful as a nation with policies like these; our economy and our security rely on being both strong and welcoming. Those are the American values I believe in. That’s the America I want to live in, and support.

We stand for diversity, inclusion, and openness at Autodesk. We will stand with our employees, regardless of where they were born, or how they worship. And we do not support President Trump’s stance on immigration.