Statement on Racial Justice and Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
Through internal communications and conversations, Oxy leaders periodically address matters of social and cultural importance to Oxy employees, the communities in which we operate and the world. After discussion with members of senior management and our Board of Directors, we feel it’s important to make public our position at Oxy on racial justice: racism and bigotry have no place at Oxy, or in the communities we live.
In these difficult times, it pains me to see injury and deaths due to racial injustice, pervasive racism, and the negative impacts to health, safety and emotional well-being of so many of our neighbors and the vitality of our communities. It has been devastating to watch the senseless acts of violence that needlessly took the lives of George Floyd and other African American men and women, and continuing discrimination and bigotry in our communities. We mourn with their families, friends and communities and continue to demand human decency and civil rights for Black lives within the U.S. and across the world.
Bigotry, discrimination and hate crimes are a cancer on our global society, sapping our unity and strength to overcome our many shared challenges. While the rise in hate crimes in the U.S. has disproportionately impacted African Americans, Hispanic and Asian Americans have also been targeted, most notably in El Paso and Atlanta, as have members of several religious faiths, struck down in the sanctity of houses of worship. These assaults on the spirit of humanity are appalling and unacceptable, and we must stand arm in arm against those who would divide us. To members of the African American, Hispanic, Asian and other minority communities, both inside and outside of Oxy, we express our love and support—we value you and are enriched by your friendship, contributions and presence.
Let me state unequivocally that I, together with our Oxy family, condemn hate and violence of all forms, including violence against women and minorities and racial and religious bias against any community. At Oxy, we strive to treat each other as family and not let perceived societal status, race, religion, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, ethnicity or any other differences divide us. We are all siblings in this world and as such we can argue, debate, challenge and sometimes disagree, but at the end of the day we should care about each other and treat everyone with respect and dignity.
At Oxy, we are committed to providing a safe and inclusive workplace for all of our employees. Working together, I believe at my core that we can build a better, safer, more just nation and world for all.
President and Chief Executive Officer