A message from President and CEO Bob Erb
Events over the past several days have brought unprecedented unrest across America and have sparked renewed reflection and dialogue about race, inequality, and fundamental fairness in our society. This incredible scene has played out on our televisions, in our streets, and in the hearts of all Americans as we look for ways to have a deeper conversation in our country. Our aim as a society should be for our country to be a place where people of color and those who suffer from inequity or disenfranchisement enjoy the same protections, rights, freedoms, and opportunities as their fellow Americans.
Among our core values at Colony Brands is the commitment to generously support our customers, employees, and communities. This means what it says, without regard to race, gender, orientation, disability, or any other trait or core belief that makes us all unique and human. We care, and we believe in the commitment to make our customers’ lives better, our associates’ work fulfilling, and to make all the communities we operate in a better place.
Violence is wrong. Discrimination is wrong. Hate is wrong. Injustice is wrong. Prejudice is wrong. Bullying is wrong. It’s just that simple. The list of ways that people can cause harm to one other, individually or through positions of power in society, is painfully long and unfortunately growing by the day. This has to stop now.
What can we as Colony Brands do? As a company of many associates, we all have an opportunity to make a difference. In order to make the world a better place, change starts with each and every one of us. Start now by being that better vision for the future yourself and expect the same from your household and those around you. Make your street and your neighborhood better, one simple act at a time. Get involved in your communities, whether it be through volunteering or serving the many non-profit organizations that need help, or in the various forms of city, county, or state government that will help create the future that we hope will make a difference in all people’s lives. If you’re doing some of these things already, then please keep at it, and if not, then take this opportunity to start. And most importantly, when you see wrongs, speak up in an effort to right them. Change happens one person at a time, one day at a time, and one simple act at a time. Any time can be the time for change.
As a company, Colony Brands stands together behind a better tomorrow and we are fully committed to supporting an inclusive and passionate workforce and we are dedicated to our people and our communities. We can do more and are committed to doing more to address these issues, and together with our associates support efforts to make the world around us better. We remain firm in the belief that, one company at a time, one person at a time, we can together drive the hard work and hard conversations that will be necessary to make our world a place that is better tomorrow than it is today or was yesterday.