Addison has been an Equal Opportunity Employer for 55 years, with a policy of zero tolerance for any form of discrimination. Over the past few weeks, our awareness of systemic racism, especially toward Black people, was raised by the brutal killing of George Floyd and the subsequent #BlackLivesMatter protests.
We recognized that these events presented an opportunity for self-examination, education and growth. Led by our employees—Addisonians—we’ve begun an internal campaign to learn more about racial injustice and what we can do to address it. We are looking at ourselves, our organization and our initiatives to make meaningful steps toward creating a just culture of racial equity. We’re sharing relevant videos and blogs. We will close our business on Juneteenth to give Addisonians the opportunity to reflect and attend rallies. Addison will also match employee donations to organizations that support the Black community. We see this as a solid step forward in increasing our knowledge and awareness of what our Black friends and Black communities across the country are experiencing.
In the coming months, we will continue to seek a greater understanding by participating in unconscious-bias training. We will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of volunteering and service, and continue to seek out diverse candidates to fill open positions.
We plan to maintain our commitment by sharing beyond the office what we learn through these initiatives. To be upstanders, not bystanders. To listen, learn from, and amplify those who are not being heard, and work for a sustainable, just and positive transformation in the world.