Our vision has always been to improve the health and happiness of the world. A bold vision. But as we have educated ourselves and joined the global push for justice and equity for the Black community, it is clear that we have a lot of work to do in making this vision a reality.
Over the last week, we have spent time listening to our employees and members, learning from experts inside and outside our organization, and diving deep into our diversity, equity, and inclusion policies. We recognize that we must first become aware of and address our own unconscious biases. We have to unlearn years of structural enablers driving inequality and our role in this. We also need to be purposeful in ensuring our Black communities, who are seven times more likely to live in areas with limited mental health care, can access these critical tools and resources.
This is a long journey that requires a change both from within and through the power of our community. Nothing we do would be possible without the perspectives and support from our members, employees, and partners. We can do better, and while it will take some time for us to get it right, the work starts now. It starts with awareness and education. It starts by taking action, not just speaking words. It starts by holding ourselves accountable for real results. Finally, serious, authentic conversations are critical to have with ourselves, our organizations, and our families in actually making change happen.
Here are the steps we have taken so far on our journey to inclusion and equity:
Donations to advance the cause:
Committing to diverse product and content representation:
Unlocking access to mental health support:
Improving our hiring practices:
Training and education efforts:
It is our job to become a stronger organization that can change the ecosystem and narrative on diversity, equity, and inclusion. We know we can be strongest when we work as a community. We are here to be your partners, to share with you, and to learn from you. Conversations must continue.