The events of the past week have saddened and shaken us all.
CPP Investments is joining others through the Business Council of Canada to issue a statement to denounce, unequivocally, racism in all its forms. We’re also calling on other business leaders to do the same so that together we can build a more just, fair and equitable society.
We all share in the responsibility to eliminate racism. I realize the advantages my background, upbringing and good fortune have had on my life experiences and that it’s very different from others. It’s essential to examine such advantages to understand what disadvantages people of colour face.
I’ve learned that I can be an ally in the struggle against racism. Being an ally means listening to and appreciating the experiences of people of colour in your life. And as an ally against anti-black racism today, we can listen, feel empathy and be there emotionally for our loved ones and for our friends in the face of discrimination.
It also requires us to speak up. If you see or hear something that feels or looks or sounds like racism, speak up and call it out. It is one of the best ways to show support and stand side by side with people of colour.
Awareness, appreciation and celebration of our diversity allows us to recognise and value individualism and can help us start to address our own bias.
I ask each of you to embrace inclusion, show empathy for one another and stand together against inequity and systemic racism.
All of us can be allies and help end oppression of those in a marginalized group. I encourage you to start with our Inclusion & Diversity pages and the wealth of resources available online.