Mellon’s Stance on Social Injustice & Racial Inequality
The heartbreaking events of the past few months have brought into focus the systemic racism that allows such injustices to persist. The tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others should make us all reflect on the type of change we want to effect in our lifetimes so that the next generation may not face the same circumstances. Patience is the death cry of good causes.
There is a deserved level of skepticism surrounding corporate voices and their ability to follow through on claims to support social justice and equality. Mellon stands united in our commitment to rectifying social injustices. The events of recent weeks have begun difficult conversations and unmasked daily encounters with prejudice some employees and their families face. We have not made enough steps to eliminate unconscious bias and discrimination from our society. As a firm, the level and pace of change to date has not been enough. We can do better.
We are heartbroken, but we are also motivated to act. The first step in causing change, especially against something as insidious as racism, is education. This is a pivotal time in history. Hearing one another’s stories is key to understanding what needs to change. We continue to be inspired by the acts of kindness from our colleagues to embrace one another, if only in spirit, during these deeply unsettling times. Come together, educate yourself, ask questions about your world view, and act in whatever way you can. No act of kindness or bravery is too small.
We are committed to cause change. We unequivocally reject inequality, racism and prejudice, and we are committed to allyship. In the coming weeks and months, we will leverage our resources and the expertise of our staff to amplify our engagement in the name of justice, equity and racial equality.
"Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality."
— Martin Luther King, Jr.