MacKenzie-Childs’ Position Statement on Black Lives Matter

We at MacKenzie-Childs believe that Black Lives Matter. We are committed as a company to social justice through inclusion, diversity, employment opportunities, and support of people of color, and we stand in solidarity with the Black community in its fight against systemic racism and demand for societal change. During this time of self-reflection, of boldly calling out bigotry and the inequality in the criminal justice system and the barriers to socioeconomic development, we all need to be honest with ourselves. We stand firmly beside those demanding a more just way forward, recognizing that societal change is not only critical, but extremely urgent, and ultimately a benefit to all. We recognize and accept that we must do better in combating racial injustices when we see them, and we seize this opportunity, now, to make a difference. We recognize that we must act and do more to make a meaningful impact on the lives of those who have been unfairly held back and persecuted. We are far from where we need to be—we must and will do better. Effective immediately, we have made Election Day a paid company holiday to allow all of our associates to vote for candidates that they believe will have a positive impact on the disadvantaged, our communities, and the country.

To this end, our leadership team will use the coming weeks to actively discuss our shortcomings, educate our management teams and associates, and develop real action plans to support the causes and people that need help. We believe that everyone has a right to live safely and have equal opportunity to better themselves, their families, communities, and society. We know these times require more than words; we must act. This is only a start, and as the plans and commitments are developed, we will publish them to ensure transparency and accountability.

Sincerely,
John J. Ling – Chief Executive Officer
Rebecca Proctor – Chief Brand Officer and Creative Director