As the critical conversation around racism in the United States continues, the message to companies is clear: to not speak up is to be complicit with the status quo. And therefore many brands have taken this time to share messages of support, solidarity and commitments to change. Yet, it’s clear a statement of support will only go so far. Americans expect action.
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.
ATLANTA, June 11, 2020 /3BL Media/– Cox Communications, the largest private telecom company in the U.S. and pioneer of gigabit broadband to homes and businesses, earned the No. 17 spot on the 2020 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list. This marks the fifteenth time the company has been recognized among the nation’s top corporations for its diversity practices, reinforcing Cox’s longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Cox was also specifically recognized as a top company for LGBTQ employees, and ranked No. 11 for supplier diversity.
From inclusive benefits to partnerships with nonprofits, the company aims to be a strong ally during Pride Month—and beyond.
Fifty years ago this month, the first LGBTQ Pride marches took place in cities across the United States to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City, giving rise to what’s now known as LGBTQ Pride Month, which is celebrated each June in support of equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer citizens.
by Amy Wilson, Dow General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, GLAD Executive Sponsor
This year, Dow is celebrating the 20th anniversary of our LGBTQ+ and ally employee resource group, GLAD. It’s an important milestone. It reminds us of the incredible progress we’ve made and the work we still have yet to do.
Words seem to fall short when trying to address the pain and frustration that so many are feeling right now with the racial injustices happening across the United States, particularly within our black community. The senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor are just the most recent heart-breaking examples of far too many others. My heart goes out to the families of these victims and to our professionals hurting from the loss of life and the continued violence happening in this country and globally.
by Michael Sneed, Chief Communication Officer, Johnson & Johnson
Tomorrow I will have the distinct honor of participating in a panel discussion held by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, titled Black America – The Double Pandemic, where I will join experts examining the incredibly damaging impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Black community.
This has been a difficult stretch for the country with millions sick, out of work, or simply stuck at home. But the horrific murder of George Floyd shifted our collective focus to a very different sort of epidemic. Mr. Floyd joined the names of Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Breonna Taylor and thousands of other African Americans who have been killed by the police in this country. We often hear that at times like this we need to have a national conversation about race, but where do we start?