Washington, D.C. (June 2, 2020) – On behalf of our nation’s investor-owned electric companies, Edison Electric Institute President Tom Kuhn today issued the following statement:
“Recent events across our nation remind us, yet again, of how racial discrimination and intolerance continue to divide our nation. We are deeply saddened and dismayed by the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others. We also are watching the protests and civil unrest unfolding across our country with heavy hearts, and, while we do not condone the violence, we understand the anger.
“In this time of national division, we remain united in our commitment to foster a culture of diversity, respect, and inclusion in our companies and in the communities in which we live and serve. This culture of diversity and inclusion demands that we reject racism, bigotry, and hatred in every form and at every turn, as they have no place in our society.
“We are an industry with a long-standing and strong commitment to serving our customers and supporting our communities. We believe that having a diverse and inclusive workforce that mirrors the communities we serve benefits our customers, our employees, and our businesses. We also believe that a diverse workforce and diversity of thought are critical to delivering the energy solutions our customers need and expect, today and for generations to come.
“While we have made great progress in advancing diversity and inclusion within our industry, we recognize that we can—and we must—do more. At the same time, we must come together as a nation to address the problems that have plagued our communities and our country for so long, acknowledge the pain of the Black community, and work together to find solutions.
“We all have the power—individually and collectively—to effect change and to engage in the process of healing.”