WebstaurantStore Company Update
A statement from Dave Groff, WebstaurantStore President:
In the wake of the horrific murder of George Floyd, we understand that many people are seeking more information about how the companies they support are responding. To be clear, WebstaurantStore stands with all of those demanding an end to racism and hate. We believe that Black lives matter and that we all have a role to play in moving America forward from a history of inequality.
One of the core elements of our culture is a commitment to “do the right thing.” Many of us, myself included, cannot begin to understand what it feels like to be in the shoes of someone who has been treated unfairly due to the color of their skin. We believe that the right thing to do is to open a dialogue, listen, and find ways that we can be better, as individuals and as an organization. While this is an urgent issue, it’s also important for us to take the time to listen to our team. That’s what we’ve been doing over the last week.
On June 1st, I sent an email to all of our employees clarifying our position on racism and how we address it within our company. Over the last 10 days, our team has courageously brought up issues and made suggestions on how we can improve. Based on that feedback, here are some of the initial steps that we are taking:
- We will form diversity teams to help us gain perspective and provide feedback and direction as we work to get better in this area.
- We will support equality causes that are championed by our employees in each of our local communities.
- We will establish scholarships for minority students that are seeking careers in the culinary & hospitality fields.
- We will review our internal policies and procedures to make sure we are doing everything we can to ensure an inclusive and diverse workforce.
We recognize that these are just initial steps. We will continue this conversation so that we can be part of the solution.