Jim ChiricoJune 19, 2020

A Day of Reflection on Juneteenth

Today, many are recognizing “Juneteenth,” a national commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Avaya is acknowledging the importance of Juneteenth by designating it as a day of reflection for our company.  Avayans around the world are encouraged to take the opportunity to meaningfully reflect on what’s currently happening in our communities and the role we play in it. It is also a way to support fellow Avayans who choose to take today off to go out into the community to listen, to learn and to be a voice for change.

With 8,000 employees globally, diversity, inclusion and equity have long been fundamental to Avaya’s core values and to our strength as a company.  It’s important to note just a few of the ways we engage as an organization, for example, we:

  • Signed the June 3 statement from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group standing up for racial justice and equality
  • Participate in the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion program working toward a more inclusive and progressive workplace
  • Formed a Diversity & Inclusion council along with company-sponsored employee resource groups, that are being established to continue building an environment where individuality is celebrated and inputs are harnessed, creating a culture of engagement, innovation and inclusivity
  • Continue to provide training, resources and engagement across our company. We can, and must, do better.

The events of the last few weeks have been eye-opening for many of us and forced us to confront our own biases.

Society is at an inflection point and we must seize the moment and stand in solidarity to confront all forms of discrimination wherever it exists, and fight for equality. We all have so much to learn and understand, and it starts by listening and having frank, open conversations.

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Jim Chirico

Jim Chirico is President and Chief Executive Officer of Avaya, Inc., a global leader in digital communications software, services and devices for businesses of all sizes.

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