Disney Releases Statement to Company Employees During Time of Unrest

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The Walt Disney Company has just released a statement addressed to all employees in light of the recent unrest following the killing of George Floyd and other instances of lethal attacks and harassment of unarmed black citizens in the United States.

The statement — released by Disney today on the official company website — was signed by Disney CEO Bob Chapek, Disney Chairman Bob Iger, and Disney Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Latondra Newton. They address the devastating instances that have recently occurred in the United States (and the fact that these instances are nothing new), as well as how they have “pushed the issues of racial disparity into the open.” They share that while they are “struggling to make sense of the recent tragedies,” they are committed to diversity and inclusion, and they aim to focus their efforts to talk about these matters openly.

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Latondra Newton (Senior VP and Chief Diversity Officer). Credit: Disney
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Bob Iger (Chairman) and Bob Chapek (CEO). Credit: Disney

“While we don’t have all the answers, we resolve to use our compassion, our creative ideas and our collective sense of humanity to ensure we are fostering a culture that acknowledges our people’s feelings and their pain,” the statement reads.

“We intend to keep the conversation going, not just today, but for as long as it takes to bring about real change,” the statement continues.

You can read the full statement below:

Resolve in a Time of Unrest: A Message to Fellow Employees

Dear Fellow Employee,

The recent killing of George Floyd as well as other instances of lethal attacks and harassment of unarmed black citizens in our nation continue to drive outrage and calls for action by people of all cultural backgrounds, including many of our employees. Feelings of grief and anger cause us to confront the inscrutable idea that the lives of some are deemed less valuable – and less worthy of dignity, care and protection – than the lives of others.

While these devastating incidents are not new, there’s something unique about what’s happening in this moment. The pandemic coupled with these recent injustices have pushed the issues of racial disparity into the open.

We, too, are struggling to make sense of the recent tragedies that leave us feeling overcome with sorrow. While we don’t have all the answers, we resolve to use our compassion, our creative ideas and our collective sense of humanity to ensure we are fostering a culture that acknowledges our people’s feelings and their pain. We also realize that now more than ever is the time for us all to further strengthen our commitment to diversity and inclusion everywhere.

We intend to focus our efforts and resources to compassionately and constructively talk about these matters openly and honestly as we seek solutions. We intend to keep the conversation going, not just today, but for as long as it takes to bring about real change.

Bob Chapek, Bob Iger & Latondra Newton

Following the release of the statement, Bob Iger took to his own social media channels to publicize it.

It is clear from this statement that The Walt Disney Company will not stay silent during this time. The official George Floyd memorial fund is linked here.

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