Retailers Speak Out Against Racism, Pledge to Help Lead Change

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Leading retailers are responding publicly to the senseless death of George Floyd and the injustice, anger, and devastation it has uncovered. As we collectively seek to do better, retailers have a critical role to play as communities, cities, and the country look to change, heal, and rebuild.

The COVID-19 crisis brought the entire retail family together over the past few months. As an industry, we’ve worked collaboratively with the singular mission of keeping employees and customers safe while ensuring that every family, in every community, had access to food, medicine, and the necessities to persevere.

There was a feeling in recent weeks that things were headed in the right direction, and that carefully reopening the economy was possible, and that a sense of normalcy was around the corner.

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But the senseless death of George Floyd and the ensuing violence of the last few nights has shattered more than storefronts, it has broken the fragile confidence of a nation already struggling with anxiety, frustration, and fear.

Hate is its own virus, and when allowed to spread, its impact is devastating. We must tackle the spread of hate and fear with the same determination we’ve fought the coronavirus. Retailers are proud to be an incredibly diverse industry filled with talented people from all walks of life, and we are ready to help lead the rebuilding and healing.

Linked below are responses issued and actions taken from across the retail industry to date.

Academy 
Advance Auto Parts
Altar’d State 
American Eagle
Apple
AutoZone
Best Buy
Columbia Sportswear
Crate and Barrel
CVS Health 
Designer Brands
Dollar Tree
Dollar General
Finish Line
Five Below
Foot Locker
Gap Inc.
Goodwill
H-E-B 
Hibbett Sports 
Home Depot 
Ikea 
JCPenney 
Kohl’s 
Kroger
Levi Strauss 
L.L. Bean 
Lowe’s 
Macy’s
Meijer 
New Balance 
Nike 
Nordstrom
Office Depot 
Pandora
Petco 
Qurate Retail Group 
REI 
Rite Aid 
T-Mobile 
Tapestry
Target 
TJX Companies
Tractor Supply
Ulta Beauty
VF Corporation
Walgreens
Walmart 

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