Listening, Learning & Working Toward Change
June 09, 2020 // by Vermont Creamery
To Our Community,
We took a pause last week – we muted our social voices to listen, clear space, and learn from people of color whose voices haven’t had their share of the dialogue throughout our country’s history.
Yet, we were not muted internally. This week we talked together, listened, read, learned, ached, donated, and took the first steps towards meaningful change.
We acknowledge how much we have to learn, how peripheral this important conversation has been in our largely white, rural state, and how great our responsibility is to use our platform and our voice to work towards inclusivity, equity, and justice.
There is no quick solution, as we all know. We want to be responsible rather than fast, and work to create long-term change in ourselves and in our system.
The first step is sharing our commitments to action.
We’ve made donations to both the NAACP and the ACLU of Vermont, two organizations that have led the fight against race-based discrimination for decades.
We shared anti-racist learning resources with all employees, including training to understand systemic racism and privilege, resources to talk to kids, who we believe have the chance to reset our national dialogue for the next generation.
Our employees have 32 hours of paid volunteer time, and we’ve encouraged them to use it to help their communities during this troubling time.
We are matching employees’ donations dollar-for-dollar and have recommended the NAACP and Black Lives Matter as organizations to direct donations to.
We are organizing an internal training for our entire workforce to learn more about equity and race.
We are adding more specific goals to our mission strategy to further clarify and track progress towards diversity, equity and inclusion. We will share more details in the future.
Vermont Creamery was built on a foundation of community and care, and as a Certified B Corp we are dedicated to using our business toward building a just, equitable, and inclusive future for all. We hope you’ll join us in this important work; we have a long way to go, and we are committed to change.
Your Friends at Vermont Creamery