T-Mobile stands with the Black Community. We firmly believe that racism, hatred and inequality have no place in our world - and every person has the right to feel safe, seen and heard.
At the same time, we know that systemic racism is real. It has been persistent. And it can’t be wished away. If we want a better world, we have to ACT to create it.
We mourn the senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all of the victims of racial injustice across the country and around the world. As George Floyd has been laid to rest, I want to be clear that we at T-Mobile are firm in our belief that Black Lives Matter - and we stand for change, for justice and for equity.
Across history, we’ve seen that real progress often follows real adversity, if it is addressed with intention and urgency. Together we can and we must seize this moment–and sustain it into the future.
At T-Mobile, we are committed to growing, learning and evolving. We have spent the last two weeks listening more closely and learning from our Black employees and from voices all across this country. We have been intently focused on identifying immediate steps we can take for our team, our company and our communities.
The Un-carrier has long stood for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion – and that will not change. We are committed to support a diverse market with a diverse organization. We are a stronger company because of the diverse talent, diverse backgrounds and diverse experiences of our team today.
But we need to do better.
So, we are making significant changes. We will bring more diverse talent and better representation of minorities into leadership roles through new programs and processes that improve how we hire, how we recognize and reward people, and how we mentor or develop our talent to grow their careers. We are taking steps, such as our decision this week to ensure every job we fill and every promotion we make should include a diverse slate of candidates for the opportunity - and our high potential management and executive talent programs will include significantly increased participation by people of color. Intentional steps like these are an important start, and they are just the beginning. We will also work to ensure better inclusion across our business, and deliver on plans to continue this conversation with our teams and educate them to ensure we have an inclusive workplace.
We are also establishing programs to support Black businesses and minority communities across the country. Much of this work is already underway as a result of the diversity partnership and Memorandum of Understanding we signed with six National Civil Rights organizations last year, including our commitment to fund their important work on behalf of all Americans with $25M in grants. We recognize that we have an opportunity and the responsibility to take even more action – and we will.
Our magenta team remains committed to keeping families, colleagues and businesses connected during this complex and historic time. While we do that, we will embrace this moment to use our position to help make change a reality. We are listening and learning, and we accept the challenge to do more and to make a difference.
As a society and as a company, we simply must do better. We’ve started this important work, and we’ll keep at it until real change is accomplished, and beyond. That’s my commitment.
We are for you. We are with you.
Full statement also on T-Mobile.com.