We have watched the recent horrifying events in America with sadness and anger, and have observed the protests that have arisen worldwide in response. They have reminded us that racism and prejudice is still insidious in our societies and that this issue must be effectively addressed. There is an urgent need for individuals, and companies such as ours, to be better allies to the black community, to educate ourselves on black issues and to commit to sustained and effective action to oppose racism and ensure that it has no place at Pan Macmillan.
We have pledged that we will accelerate and expand this vital work. We have listened this week to the important conversations happening around us and to the thoughts of our colleagues, and have taken stock of what this means for our business.
These events have come as a brutal jolt, and they have caused us to revisit our plans and conclude that we need to do more in order for Pan Macmillan to be a more diverse company and to champion black, as well as other under-represented voices in our publishing and in our community. We are taking the time to educate ourselves on what it means to be effective allies to our diverse population and in addition, on how we can more effectively support our diversity and inclusion groups.
Please see our Diversity and Inclusion pledge, below.
Pan Macmillan must become through our committed and more urgent efforts, a more inclusive and diverse place to work, and an enterprise which better reflects the world we live in and the markets we serve.