Sent to employees June 1, 2020
Dear Eversource colleagues,
Our nation, already unsettled by the coronavirus pandemic, is now being shaken by civil unrest. Social and racial inequalities are driving peaceful protests that, in turn, are being co-opted by some into violence.
While we do not condone the destruction, we must acknowledge the issue behind the protests: Americans in great numbers demand a society that better respects and honors diverse populations. We condemn the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery that now serve as important catalysts for change.
Diversity and Inclusion is one of our core values at Eversource. It has never been more important for each of us to continue to live these values. We can each demonstrate respect through our own actions, by being open to diverse people, perspectives and experiences in our workplace and within our communities – no matter their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or other personal qualities.
We acknowledge the ongoing pain caused by racism and injustice in our society. Eversource and its employees support many programs that address racial and ethnic disparities in our own communities and beyond. We are also working to develop a workforce that fully reflects the diversity of the people and communities we serve. These are ongoing efforts and we are always striving to improve and expand our positive impact.
As you discuss these events with colleagues, friends and family, please show mutual respect and civility, and recognize that others will have different opinions based on their own experiences. Also, while this difficult subject may be very much in our thoughts, please be sure to keep safety your first focus while on the job.
The events of this past week are a sad reminder that we still have much progress to make as a society. As individuals and as a company, we can help lead the way to a more just future.
Thank you for all you do for our company and our communities. Take care and stay safe.