At FTG, we believe in the values of diversity and inclusion.
More specifically, we believe in the diversity of thoughts, ideas, beliefs, experiences, and the inclusion of people regardless of their race, color, sex, language, national origin, religion, orientation, or age. In addition to supporting the principles of diversity and inclusion, FTG is on a journey to be an anti-racism organization. Our anti-racism statement defining our journey is as follows:
Our goal is to create and maintain an environment where employees feel safe to discuss race and the importance it has on our organization and our lives outside of work. We are deeply committed to purposefully studying the impacts of race and racism throughout the organization. This work can be uncomfortable and even painful to some, but we have found that the greatest challenges bear the greatest rewards. By embracing the principles of diversity and inclusion, our culture is strengthened and our workplace is more dynamic.
Racism is intolerable. It should be that simple, but we are too often reminded that it isn’t. We ALL must do better. And as a company, we will stand and do our part.
AT FTG, we recognize that we can do more.
We need to listen more, we need to learn more, we need to understand more, and we need to take action to genuinely support the stand against racism. We have much more to do—and so today, we are committing to take the following actions:
- We are creating an employee peer-based focus group that is charged with providing recommendations to FTG’s executive team in the areas of policy, guidelines, reporting, and training.
- We will be adding new training to help our people identify, speak up, and report racism.
- Working both locally and nationally, this focus group will identify a portfolio of specific opportunities to collaborate with our communities and other partners to promote equality, fight racism and bigotry, and create more opportunities for employment and advancement. We want to be part of building a better future together with other companies, with our federal, state, and local government leaders, not-for-profits, and the people of our communities.
As a company, we acknowledge these are only small first steps for change, and we have much more work to do. We are committed to doing this work for our employees, our company, and our community. As we do so, we will continue to build on these actions and communicate in the coming months.
It’s never too late to cultivate change, empathy, and education. To be better and do better. To create an equal society, we must commit to making unbiased choices and being antiracist in all aspects of our lives. If you’re wondering where to start, here are some insightful resources:
Books you can read
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World by Layla F. Saad.
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Braithwaite
So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Race Matters by Cornel West
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a world made for whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
Shows, Documentaries and Ted Talks you can watch
Articles you can read
Podcasts you can listen to
Code: Switch NPR – “Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on.” Explores everything from pop culture, to politics, to sport. Race impacts every part of life.
Minority Korner “Welcome to Minority Korner, where we take an introspective look at the world through an intersectional lens.”
Momentum: A Race Forward – Features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice.
Intersectionality Matters! – Intersectionality Matters! is a podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory.
About Race – Hosted by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Nova Reid and Vicki & Selina from loveprojectlove – A powerful conversation about race, racism and white privilege with Nova Reid