Company statement on Black Lives Matter

Posted September 2020

We have all been watching the grotesque violence routinely perpetrated by the authorities against black communities in the US, leading to the needless deaths of Eric Garner, Ahmaud Aubrey, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd to name but a few. Whole communities are suffering because of the systematic racism and prejudice deeply ingrained in our institutions. We condemn racism and prejudice in all forms.

The sad thing is that this is not new, this is a continuum. The black community faces a consistent racial bias, a consistent denial of opportunities, consistent over policing, consistent over incarceration, and a wilful ignorance of the double standards our societies apply.

And it’s enough. For too long we have sat idly by and accepted it. We will no longer stay silent.

We need to take direct steps to affect change.

At the very least we need to speak up.

Words change thoughts, thoughts change actions.

What are WeGift doing?

As a business, we acknowledge that when all is said and done more is said than done and therefore we want to take action in every way that we can, starting with:

  1. Educating the team📚 We have crafted a recommended reading list (below) to enable our employees to be better educated on these matters, which they can purchase and be reimbursed (via expensify, up to £25).
  2. Company Partnerships 🤝 We are contacting key suppliers, requesting they confirm their support for the Black Lives Matter movement
  3. Donations ✊🏽 We have made donations to ACLU and NAACP
  4. Recruitment 🚀 We are ensuring that we continue to recruit on an equal opportunities basis without bias or favoritism. As highlighted in our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion policy.

What can you do?

There are lots of ways you can make a change. Here's a few that we encourage everyone to do: