I believe strong and healthy communities can weather even the most tumultuous storms. But when a community is divided by hate and racial inequality, it becomes weak and susceptible to irreparable damage.
For USANA, hatred and racism have no place in our community—one that is dedicated to improving lives around the world.
Earlier this month, I wrote an article expressing my deep sadness and heartache for individuals who regularly face racial injustice, violence, and discrimination.
I also looked inward and acknowledged that I cannot fully understand what facing daily prejudice feels like. I’ve taken the opportunity to listen and learn, and most importantly, reflect on what I can do to help.
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A Time to Learn
As you know, I’m always striving to learn. Reading books, listening to diverse points of view, and actively seeking guidance all help in my quest to expand my knowledge about the world around me.
The USANA corporate blog recently published an extensive resource of books, podcasts, documentaries, and more to help us learn.
I ask that you please read: “What to Read, Listen to, and Watch to Educate Yourself and Take a Stand for Equality.” And then take action to ensure your own community is inclusive and diverse.
Lead with kindness, tolerance, and love. There is no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.
As the article says, a community is only as healthy as its citizens. It’s more important than ever that we “pause, listen, and refocus on what we can do to be an active part” of eliminating injustice and racial inequality within our communities.
USANA’s Commitment to Racial Equality
USANA commits to the following actions, as initially outlined here:
- Volunteering. We have set a goal to provide 1,000 employee volunteer hours this year to support organizations that strive for equality. We’ll work with USANA employees to identify non-profit and business partners who will help us have the greatest impact. Stay tuned for details.
- Training. Internally, USANA is committed to providing additional training and encouraging open discussions about overt racism as well as implicit bias, so that we can ensure a workplace where all employees can succeed and be respected. We also plan to implement a diversity and inclusion committee to help identify areas of concern and strength, and to ensure employees have a strong voice in implementing these initiatives.
- Informing. We will provide educational resources to employees and Associates about what actions they can take to combat racism and discrimination at the individual, family, and societal levels.
- Representing. We will evolve our brand to better represent and tell the stories of our diverse community.
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