As Denny Hamlin races around the Talladega Superspeedway in Monday's race, the hood of his car will display the logo of the National Civil Rights Museum -- a move by Hamlin and his sponsor FedEx to support the ongoing fight for racial equality.
Johnson & Johnson's Chief Communication Officer Michael Sneed sits down to have a frank discussion about what we need to do to help build a more equitable healthcare system—and society.
It's time to have hard and heartfelt conversations about the state of racism and inequity. At home. With friends and loved ones. With other members of your community. In the workplace.
At Johnson & Johnson, these conversations have been taking place across the company in response to recent events. And they will continue to be held with employees at all levels, and across all parts of the company.
Racial injustice. Gun violence. Police brutality. Transgender rights. White supremacy.
These are not just the issues prominent in the news or around the dinner table, but also in the board room. At another time, companies would have done their best to steer clear of these topics; but today that is, quite simply, no longer an option. Speaking out and addressing these historic injustices is not only a moral imperative, it is a public – and business – mandate.
STATEMENT BY TIM MOHIN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF GLOBAL REPORTING INITIATIVE (GRI)
“In recent weeks we have seen a tipping point reached – and passed – in the Black Lives Matter movement. As protests have spread around the world, they have ignited demands for equality and an end to systemic racial bias in all its forms. Organizations are rightly being pressed to set out how they are responding to this call – and the need for transparency has never been higher.
Last week, more than 1,000 Alkermes employees came together virtually to listen to our colleagues who volunteered to share their stories of how racism and bias have impacted their lives. We are grateful to them for their openness and willingness to share the challenges they face. As a company that believes in equality and justice, we have a responsibility to combat discrimination and racism in all forms in our communities. While an important and impactful discussion, this was only the first of many to come as we continue to take action to help eliminate discrimination in all its forms.
By Wanda Hope, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Johnson & Johnson Worldwide
The past few weeks have been traumatizing and painful. The unjustified killing of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and the blatant examples of racism have now forced many to understand what the Black community has known and experienced our entire lives. I’m no different.
In the midst of a global health crisis and economic recession, the United States faces another pivotal moment. The nation now grapples with the killing of George Floyd, continued race-fueled policy brutality and the outrage, pain and protests that have stemmed from a deeply embedded history of racism. Collective voices from across the country – both on the streets and on social media – are pushing institutions, industries and individuals to confront the issue head-on – and now, it seems, corporate America is ready to listen.
Many of us have a deep sense of anxiety in these unsettling times, so let us remind ourselves that we, the Domtar community, stand together with a common commitment to inclusion, diversity, respect and support for one another.
PayPal’s core values are inclusion and equality – and we strongly stand against discrimination, racism, hatred and violence. As a company, we have been in deep conversation during this difficult time, determined to stand with our Black colleagues and their communities – and working together on how we can contribute to meaningful change. It is absolutely unacceptable that Black people in the United States, including our colleagues, customers and community members, are fearful for their safety and face the impacts of racism and hatred. We need dialogue, change, education, and action.