COVID-19 Response Corporate Sign-on Letter
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic has disrupted daily life, impacting people in every state and around the world. With public safety in mind, businesses large and small are making provisions for employees and customers, whether that be temporarily closing stores with benefits for impacted employees, supporting remote working, allowing more flexible work schedules, and accommodating staff when possible as they care for their children and aging or ill family members.
As the virus spreads rapidly across the globe and the country starts to flatten the curve with social distancing measures, many corporations’ focus remains on supporting the health, wellbeing, and livelihood of employees, while caring for communities and customers. We recognize that different businesses have different financial capacities and ability to weather the storm. Most businesses in America will face very hard choices in the coming months between sustainable finances and sustaining the employees and customers who have made the business what it is today—and what it will be in the future. To the degree possible, Open to All® and the undersigned companies encourage corporations and businesses to consider the following measures.
EQUITABLE RESPONSES TO COMBAT RACIAL DISPARITIES
COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting and killing Black and Latinx /Hispanic communities, as well as Pacific Islanders, and amplifying many existing health and socioeconomic inequities. Long term structural inequality has led to these disparities especially inequities in employment and access to healthcare. Employers can help reduce these inequities. We call on employers to make a commitment to examine current and future HR practices—including hiring, compensation, benefits packages and advancement of people of color at all levels of the organization. We encourage employers to diversify traditional hiring sources, address bias in the hiring process, create employee resource groups, and use objective metrics to assess advancement of talent. We also encourage companies to ensure equitable access to health insurance, to work with health insurers who are committed to non-discrimination, and to advocate on behalf of employees who have faced discrimination or been unfairly denied benefits when seeking healthcare.
COMBATTING ATTACKS ON THE ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER (API) POPULATION
As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the U.S., so too do incidents of anti-Asian racism towards Asian American and Pacific Islanders, families, and businesses. As business leaders, we call for unity and publicly denounce the racist and xenophobic attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
No matter what we look like, where we live, or what’s in our wallets, getting sick reminds us that at our core we’re all just human. This virus has shown us that we are dependent on each other and whether we’re Black or White, Latinx or Asian, it’s time to come together in support of each other.
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