Over the course of the last couple of weeks I have been reflecting on the events that transpired in Minneapolis with the killing of George Floyd, the protests around the globe and our own internal discussions with colleagues. All these events have shed light on the systemic levels of racism in the U.S. and around the world, and on the pain resulting from the deaths of so many people like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Rayshard Brooks and others.
I believe our company has a responsibility to live up to the Power of People principle, which is foundational to our history and culture and has made us a great company and place to work. It saddens me to see the pain and suffering being experienced by the Black Community, including Black employees here at McCormick. It is important for all in leadership to stand with our colleagues in condemning racism and violence of any kind, and we must continue to work together to break down the structural barriers that exist in all levels of society because Black Lives Matter.
I am committed to taking action at McCormick. Our Global Diversity & Inclusion Day on June 2nd sparked as series of listening sessions and conversations with employees throughout our company. My hope is that these discussions continue and will lead to transformational changes that further strengthen our diversity and inclusion efforts at McCormick, ensuring that we remove any barriers that prevent our Black employees and others from feeling valued for their skills and talents.
One of the best ways to move forward together and begin the healing process is to stand together to support our Black employees while making a difference in the communities where we live and work.
In addition to signing the Ascend Compact with 100+ other companies to address racial bias making recent charitable donations and honoring the commitments we have made in the Diversity & Inclusion space, McCormick will:
As CEO of this great company, I understand that there is more to be done and that McCormick has a responsibility to lead this work. I know it won’t be easy. I know it won’t be fast. I know it won’t always be comfortable. I am committing to work as hard as it takes and for as long as it takes, to drive meaningful results. I embrace this challenge as I stand together with senior leadership and McCormick colleagues around the world for our commitment to diversity and inclusion and against racial injustice.
Chairman, President & CEO of McCormick & Company