Horizon Stands in Solidarity with the Black Community
Our society has an unfortunate and long history of racism and inequality. The recent events involving the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and too many others, lay bare the abhorrent reality that we still have a long way to go. At Horizon, we are used to solving health care problems. And yet, racism, and particularly anti-black racism, is not solvable by one person or one company. It requires action from each and every one of us. Inclusion at Horizon is driven by our approach to allyship, which centers on supporting people beyond our own background, culture or experience. It means demonstrating the right behaviors, speaking up and speaking out, listening and learning. It means fostering an environment to have uncomfortable conversations that address bias, helping us all understand what our colleagues directly impacted by issues may be feeling. Today, at Horizon, we pledge to be part of the solution – and we will call on all our employees to dig deep, educate themselves and their families and help transform our broken world.
We recognize that true change will only come when we do more than speak – we must act. As one part of our enduring pledge to combat anti-Black racism, Horizon will provide support to community organizations addressing racial inequality and racism, including YWCA of Metro Chicago, National Urban League, Equal Justice Initiative, The Bail Project and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, along with other nonprofits working to combat racial justice issues. Within Horizon, we’re also promoting and developing inclusive leadership behaviors and hiring and developing more diverse talent to reflect the communities in which we live and work. While we know we must do more, we call on other organizations to join us in taking this imperative step forward.