Speaking Out

When it comes to addressing the issues that are going on in the world around us, we don’t often publish specific communications – there’s so much that we could talk about, that it would be hard to know where to draw the line. But when it comes to the question of race that is currently dominating our news feeds, it feels different. It would be impossible – and wrong - to stand by and say nothing in this situation.

Over the past week, like many people around the world, I’ve watched the news from the United States with a sense of disbelief, despair and sadness. But I’ve also welcomed the conversation that it has prompted – a conversation that is exploring the deep-rooted issues of inequality, of privilege and the need for education and action.

When we set out our vision for DLG, we committed to being personal, being inclusive and being a force for good – a company that cares for our people, our customers, our society and our planet. And those aren’t just words. That culture of care and sense of openness, along with our core values, underpins who we are and what we stand for. To be very clear, racism is unacceptable in DLG and in our wider society.

We’re determined to continue building a diverse business – a business that is truly representative of communities across Britain and welcomes difference, whatever your ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, belief, ability or socio-economic background.

We are not perfect. We still have progress to make. But we are here to listen and learn, to elevate our people’s voices and to take action to make our business truly inclusive.

So, to our Black colleagues – and indeed all our colleagues, we’re committed to doing everything that we can to build a company that feels open to everyone, a company that celebrates our diversity and a company that enables each and every one of our people to thrive.