June 5, 2020
We feel the pain and outrage over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery—and the many others before them—and by the current state of unrest and persistent racism in the United States and around the world. As an organization, we need to recognize the social injustice and inequality in our country, affirm our belief in the moral imperative that every person is deserving of equality and safety, and to take action against racism wherever we see it.
As members of the HBS and Harvard University communities, we stand with the black community and all groups who have been targeted for their race, their ethnicity, their gender, their religion, their sexual orientation, and more.
To our colleagues who are black/African American and people of color, we stand with you against racism, bias, and discrimination. We acknowledge that you are often systematically treated differently and recognize that many of you are directly impacted by these events and are suffering at this time.
Our mission at Harvard Business Publishing is to improve the practice of management and its impact in a changing world. This gives us the opportunity to help leaders and organizations make a difference in the world and create a culture of inclusion that enables teams to thrive. This is a powerful platform and we believe we can do more to dismantle racism and foster meaningful change.
Efforts are underway to ensure we are doing what is needed to tackle this challenge both within our own organization and across the globe as we support our customers. Here are some of our initial activities.
We are here to help and support you in any way we can. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources available to you should you need them.
In closing, I am grateful for each and every one of you and your commitment to our mission. I am committed to ensuring we are actively working to create a more equal and inclusive organization and world, and I look forward to hearing your ideas and perspectives on how we can do this work together.
David Wan, CEO
Harvard Business Publishing