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September 2nd, 2020

Our position against racism

Cook is a family company founded in 1963 and has grown into a global, multicultural organization. We were founded on core values of mutual respect, acting with integrity, and deeply committing to the quality of products and services we provide for patients and customers. Racism and injustice exist everywhere and adversely impact human dignity as well as access to education, jobs, housing, justice, and healthcare. Injustice and intolerance must be addressed, both within Cook and in our broader communities; we recognize our own responsibility to make the necessary changes.

To that end, we commit to a conscientious effort to remove barriers that block progress for people and communities. We affirmatively commit to having zero tolerance for and standing against racism, inequality, and discrimination in all forms. We declare our shared commitment to listen to, learn from, and empower our employees and communities to make impactful changes toward combating racism.

We stand together with our Cook families and their global communities to combat any form of racism. We can and will do more to create a more equitable society that allows all of us to reach our full potential.

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In June, we established an Equity Task Force to ensure that Cook is a place that provides equal opportunity and understanding for everyone. Through education, internal initiatives, and more focused involvement within our communities, we believe that Cook can help remove the barriers that many people have historically faced and continue to encounter.

We have established objectives to guide our efforts, including:

We will continue our work to build pathways to upward mobility, personal growth, and career fulfillment for the most vulnerable people in our community. Here’s where we’ve started:

Our efforts have been successful in helping people in our community overcome barriers to upward mobility. We will use these same skills, opportunities, and resources to impact communities of color and work to remove the barriers of racism.

Though we are proud of the work we’ve done so far, there are areas where we can and will do more. Racism has no place at Cook. It does not align with our values, our purpose, or our business. We are dedicated to doing whatever we can to improve our ability to serve all employees, their families, and communities. We challenge you to take action as well—let’s work to make this world better, together.