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March 31, 2021

Statement in Support of Ensuring Fair Voting Access for All in the United States

New York, NY, March 31, 2021 – The following memo from Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stephen J. Squeri was sent today to all American Express colleagues:

The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy. Ensuring equal and easy access to vote, for all those who are eligible to participate in each state, is critical to upholding the principles our country was founded upon. Unfairly limiting that right is wrong.

Earlier today, an open letter, entitled Memo to Corporate America: The Fierce Urgency is Now, was issued by 72 prominent Black business leaders in an effort co-led by our former Chairman and CEO, Ken Chenault, and supported by five current and former members of our Board of Directors – Tom Baltimore, Ursula Burns, Charles Phillips, Ron Williams and Chris Young. The letter calls on corporate leaders everywhere to speak out against efforts intended to make it harder for Americans to vote.

At American Express, we have a legacy of standing up for what is right and providing fair and equal treatment for all. As a company and leadership team, we support this message and stand against any efforts to suppress voting which is a fundamental right that belongs to all Americans.

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Leah M. Gerstner, Leah.M.Gerstner@aexp.com, 212-640-3174

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