To our community,
We are taking a stance against the atrocities committed against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). As we bear witness to the string of events sparked by the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, and now Manuel Ellis, we are once again confronted with the horrors of white supremacy, police violence, voter suppression, and other oppressive forces endemic in our nation.
Fighting racial inequality and disparities starts by looking inward. We are currently reforming our internal processes so we are able to recruit and retain a more diverse workforce, ensure an inclusive and collaborative work environment, and provide opportunities and mentorship for BIPOC for upper management roles. Self-accountability is important now more than ever.
We do not want to make empty promises. We would like our actions to demonstrate our tangible efforts in making real changes within our company, in our community, and across our country—now and into the future. To that end, we have made an initial donation of $25,000 to grassroots organizations that are combating police violence and voter suppression and working towards bail reform and community oversight on local and national levels. We understand that fighting systemic racism requires ongoing financial support and are also committing $100,000 towards a charitable fund to ensure recurring, expanded support for these and other organizations working against social inequalities.
We believe Black Lives Matter. We stand against racism and all of its intersecting forms. We stand behind our employees fighting for justice firsthand and we commit to match all employee donations to organizations currently working on systemic reform. We believe it is our responsibility to educate ourselves on the history of systemic racism and oppression in this country and how it permeates all areas of life.
We choose to be part of the long-term solution.
—The CandleScience Team