WASHINGTON, June 3, 2020 – The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), the nation’s leading nonprofit focused on advancing Hispanic inclusion in Corporate America, released a statement by President & CEO, Cid Wilson, on the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, as well as the issues of systemic racism by police and law enforcement against African Americans, Latinos, and other people of color.
Our hearts and prayers are with the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. Their horrific murders and the racial injustice by the police in those instances are yet another example of the long and sad history of discrimination, police brutality, and murder against people of color. The system that perpetuates racism in law enforcement must change.
By raising our voices, assembling peacefully, and exercising our voting rights, we can force needed change in the justice system that for too long has treated African Americans, Latinos, immigrants, and people of color as second-class citizens.
HACR is pleased that many companies have made public statements addressing the crisis of equality in our country. We call on companies, large and small, to join with their employees and communities around the country, to demand the transformation of a law enforcement system plagued by racism and prejudice.
Companies cannot assume that their only responsibility to diversity and inclusion is within their workplaces, they must be a part of the solution to make external changes to our country’s policing and justice system nationwide.
HACR encourages companies to leverage our coalition of 14 national Hispanic organizations that are organizing community and educational initiatives on the topics of race, civil rights, human rights, diversity, and inclusion. You can learn more by visiting our website at https://www.hacr.org/coalition-members/.
Additionally, HACR encourages companies whose CEOs have not yet signed on to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ to do so. HACR has been a member since its inception four years ago and endorses the initiative. Corporate leadership during challenging times starts with the CEO and board of directors. You can learn more at www.ceoaction.com.
Founded in 1986, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is the nation’s leading corporate advocacy organization representing 12 national Hispanic organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Its mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America in the areas of Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance.