Indeed CEO: A message of acknowledgement and support to the Black community

Indeed sent the following email to its employees on 6/1/2020

Content Warning: The following contains comments about racism, murder, police brutality, and may be triggering.

Like many of you, our family has spent much of the past week watching and absorbing news of the protests over the death of George Floyd. The wounds are still fresh from the recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, and the scary situation for Christian Cooper. This is all taking place in the middle of a terrible global pandemic which has exposed the already significant inequality in the US with disproportionate impact on the Black community. And these are just the most recent examples in a long line of systemic trauma and tragedy that is both mind numbing and incomprehensible.

I’m heartbroken. I can’t even begin to imagine the frustration and despair that members of the Black community must feel. I know there are many at Indeed and around the world who share that pain. 

Words matter, which is why I am sending this note to all of you today. But words alone are insufficient. What we do, how we show up, how we move forward — this is what is most important. 

Inclusion and Belonging is one of Indeed’s five Core Values. We have been working for years to raise awareness, grow allyship, and create an open and supportive environment for all employees. We do this because it makes Indeed a better place to work. But the most important motivation is that our mission is to help people get jobs. Economic opportunity — access to jobs — is core to the fight against racism, injustice, and inequity. The more Indeed represents the world around us, the better we are at helping all people get jobs.

This email is an acknowledgement of the suffering many people are experiencing right now. But there is more work ahead. LaFawn Davis, our VP of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, will be joining me and Dave on Wednesday for our weekly global Q&A. Next Monday, LaFawn will be my guest for the next episode of “Here to Help,” which will give us an opportunity to talk in more depth on issues facing the Black community and the world. This conversation will be published externally along with the rest of our series.

To the Black community at Indeed, thank you for showing up every day in the face of this unimaginable weight. I encourage you to take the time you need to engage with the community and focus on your mental health. Please use the resources Indeed makes available like Open PTO and SupportLinc. I want Indeed to be a place where everyone can bring whatever burden they carry, and feel safe knowing that burden is acknowledged. 

To those outside of the Black community, we all have an important role to play as allies and partners. I encourage you to educate yourself and find ways to take action where you are. If you don’t know where to start, please join us in our upcoming dialogues.

Chris Hyams

CEO of Indeed

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