A Joint Statement From Goldman Sachs’ Inclusion and Diversity Committees and Networks
Goldman Sachs is focused on creating a workforce from the widest range of experiences, ethnicities, cultures and backgrounds. As David Solomon, our Chairman and CEO, has been reinforcing both inside Goldman Sachs and externally, including in his most recent audio message, there is no place for discrimination of any kind, at any level, at this firm, and we are committed to do our part to promote a more just society.
In recognition of Juneteenth and Windrush, at this historic moment for societies and race relations around the world, we, the firm's Inclusion and Diversity Committees and Networks, want to be emphatic, vocal and clear about what we stand for:
- We collectively condemn the racism that has resulted in the unjust deaths of and systemic discrimination against Black people;
- We collectively stand against harassment or persecution due to ethnicity, religious belief, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, veteran status or disability;
- We are committed to developing new approaches towards increasing representation of diverse communities at the firm and ensuring our people develop their careers to their fullest potential;
- We are working to create an environment in which our colleagues thrive not in spite of our differences but rather because of them;
- And, in the broadest sense, we are committed to doing our part to further inclusion and racial equity both within our firm and society-at-large.
Our goal is to be the employer of choice to all professionals and therefore diversity and inclusion are imperatives and not optional.
If we remain persistent in our focus on these key tenets, over time we will better leverage our people, our spirit of innovation and our teamwork-oriented culture to most effectively serve our global client base with backgrounds as diverse as our own.
Maya Angelou, the American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist, once wrote in her poem, Human Family:
“I note the obvious differences
Between each sort and type
But we are more alike, my friends,
Than we are unalike.”
In that spirit, please join us in committing to ongoing honest conversation as we, in this moment, tackle the worst of humanity to bring out its best. Everyone’s active engagement will be needed to make sustainable change.
"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."
-- James Baldwin, American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist
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Making Progress Towards Racial Equity
At Goldman Sachs, we have long been committed to promoting inclusion, diversity, and equity. Yet there is more to be done.