As a private organization, it is always difficult to give comment around social issues without the perception that we are leveraging the issue to improve the optics of our brand or having what was said debated for going too far – or not far enough. It is important to remember that an ‘organization’, by its very definition, is “an organized body of people with a particular purpose”. Our people define us; they give life and meaning to our values, choices, and direction – to the experience that you have with Orbis. As human beings, we are deeply saddened by what is happening in our global community and are addressing it with you now. We know that what we say will not be perfect, but we can’t remain silent on this issue due to fear of imperfection.
We acknowledge the widespread, systemic racism towards Black, Indigenous, and people of colour in our global community. It is heartbreaking, horrifying, and wrong. We recognize that statements of diversity, equality, and inclusivity are not enough. We understand that social media posts are not enough. We know that in order to be a part of positive change, to work towards eradicating racism, the actions and choices that we make must be grounded in equal rights and equality.
To that end, we are building on the current conversations that have started within our team here at Orbis. We are listening to them to understand how they are thinking and feeling about the issues of racism, inequality, and our current global environment. We are using this information to more critically assess our policies and practices and understand how we can use our platform, voices, and workplace culture to drive meaningful change.
In the coming weeks, we will also be using our newsletter as a forum of communication not only about our product updates, training, and news but to amplify the voices and stories of those speaking-up about issues of racism, inequality, and inclusivity within our global community. The articles and research that we select will have a greater diversity of opinion and serve to educate, inform, and inspire positive change.
We feel fortunate to work with dedicated educational institutions that are playing a critical role in the dialogue, action, and empowerment that will help move us towards a better tomorrow. Thank you for all that you continue to do.
Cameron, Devin, & Sandor