At Gene Juarez we aspire to lift the human spirit by revealing beauty inside and out. We aim to be purposeful in all that we do, with a particular focus on empowering people. This week we have taken time to seriously consider our response to the Black Lives Matter Movement with a special focus on our responsibility as a Company to improve lives through empowerment. We have concluded that simply stating support for communities of color, or this movement in general, feels insufficient without a plan of action to address inequity and racism in the areas where we have influence. Therefore, beginning today, we will:
- Form a cross-company team to examine our guest and employee practices for empowerment opportunities
- Evaluate and execute upon prioritized opportunities to improve our mindsets, process sets and skill sets regarding any systemic inequities we find
- Promote and support volunteerism for peaceful movements that empower people going forward
- Create an employee-directed matching fund that leverages giving from our guests and our employees to amplify our impact
It will take sustained focus from many in our communities to do this work. You have our commitment that we will continue to seek out ways to empower our employees and guests to enact lasting change.