February 12, 2010
Contact: Kimmie Lipscomb,
New York, NY - United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) today called on Caterpillar to explain the changes to the websites of its subsidiaries and affiliates that conduct business in Iran. Prior to UANI's communication with Caterpillar, Arya Machinery described itself as Caterpillar's exclusive distributor in Iran. Its homepage included images of Caterpillar equipment and the Caterpillar logo. That webpage is now "under construction." Lovat, Caterpillar's subsidiary that bores tunnels in Iran, also removed references to its business in Iran. Details that had been available regarding completed projects in Iran are no longer accessible.
UANI calls on Caterpillar to go beyond just eliminating web-based references to its business in Iran, and to end its actual business in Iran. Such a move by Caterpillar to hide its activities in Iran also raises questions about Caterpillar's disclosure practices. Caterpillar has failed to disclose to the public and to its investors the full nature and risks of its business in Iran.
In a letter to Caterpillar CEO James Owens, UANI President Ambassador Mark Wallace wrote:
Click here to read UANI's letter to Caterpillar dated February 12, 2010.
Click here to read UANI's letter to Caterpillar dated February 11, 2010.
Click here to read UANI's letter to Caterpillar dated February 4, 2010.
Click here to read the Office of Foreign Assets Control's press release dated February 10, 2010.
Click here to call on Caterpillar to end its business in Iran.