Northampton Friends Meeting
43 Center Street
Northampton MA 01060
January 28, 2018
Darius Adamczyk, CE0
101 Columbia Road
Morristown, NJ 07960
Dear Darius Adamczyk:
We write to you as Honeywell consumers and owners of Honeywell thermostats.
The Northampton Friends Meeting is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), one of the historic peace churches. Given our long-standing peace testimony and the increasing risk of nuclear war, we recently affirmed our support of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, approved in July 7, 2017 at the United Nations by a vote of 122 to 1. This treaty prohibits the development, testing, production, manufacture, possession and stockpiling of nuclear weapons. It also specifically prohibits “assisting, encouraging or inducing, in any way, anyone to engage in any activity prohibited by the treaty.” The International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for their advocacy in support of this treaty.
This fall, Northampton Friends Meeting resolved to determine whether we might be in any way complicit in the nuclear weapons industry. We looked at whether we might be funding nuclear armament through our investments, purchases, or other business transactions. In a review of all our equipment and services, we discovered that our meetinghouse is furnished with Honeywell thermostats.
Your website proclaims that “Honeywell is building a smarter, safer, and more sustainable world.” So, we were surprised and distressed to learn that the Aerospace and Defense division of your company is involved in the production of nuclear weapons. We discovered that Honeywell, among other things:
- Manages and operates the National Security Campus in Kansas City, Missouri where 85% of non-nuclear components for US nuclear weapons are produced;
- Produces integrated circuits for Trident D5 nuclear missiles; and
- Operates the Tritium Extraction Facility at the Savannah River Site that supplies new tritium essential for the continued operation of the US nuclear arsenal.
All these activities contribute to the build-up and modernization of nuclear arms at a time when the world has condemned and outlawed these weapons.
We ask you to discontinue your involvement with nuclear weapons without delay and to bring your international company into compliance with international law. Your support will be crucial to the success of worldwide efforts to abolish nuclear weapons.
Northampton Friends Meeting intends to eliminate our complicity with the production of nuclear weapons. Unless you can provide reassurance that Honeywell will no longer engage in the production of nuclear weapons, we will no longer purchase Honeywell products and will encourage other Quaker meetings and faith communities to do the same.
We look forward to your response and will be happy to share it with others around the world who have similar concerns.
With hopes for a better future,
Marcianna Caplis, Clerk
Northampton Friends Meeting