Following #Blackout Tuesday, Sharon Chuter CEO/Founder of @UomaBeauty, is calling for brands to “PULL UP OR SHUT UP”. The mission is for brands to not just stop at posting to show their support for Black Lives Matter and to end systematic racism but actually committing to making a change. She is calling for brands to publicly release the number of black employees they have in their organizations at a corporate level and in leadership roles in the next 72 hours.
This will, in turn, allow not only the consumer but as well as the brands a chance to see who’s really about what they say and support diversity and inclusion or where they have room for growth.
As we all know, a lot of times you can only find black employees and persons of color, if they even exist, at lower levels of employment in the field and in retail stores and nowhere to be found in high-level positions. Which a lot of times is why there is a disconnect by not giving minorities, namely black people, a seat at the table.
@PullUpForChange wants brands to prove they have black people in leadership roles and if not allow this to be a moment of clarity for brands to be able to move forward with action behind their support.
While, brands like COVER|FX (4% black), Revolution (3% black) and Lime Crime (0%) with extremely low percentages in leadership roles showed their results with full transparency but also the work they have to do and are committed to doing.
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Dear Brands – Thank you for the public statements of support for the black community. Whereas we understand and appreciate the support, be conscious that to piggy back off a trending hashtag when you have been and continue to be a part of the problem is once again appropriating and exploiting the black community. So we ask all brands who have released a statement of support, to publicly release within the next 72hrs the number of black employees they have in their organisations at corporate level. We also need to know the number of black people you have in leadership roles. You all have statements and policies about being equal opportunity employers, so show us the proof! PULL UP or SHUT UP! #pulluporshutup @pullupforchange
Here is a list of the brands that have PULLED UP so far:
What are some of your favorite brands that you want to see PULL UP?! Let me know in the comments.
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