People helping people is the mission of the credit union movement. As a company built by, created for, and in service to all credit unions, we embody this mission.
Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen the senseless and tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others. We share the widespread outrage and anguish and stand in support of the movement that has grown and galvanized millions across our country to protest the systemic racial injustice brought against our Black communities and to call for change.
To our Black members, clients, employees and communities we want you to know that your lives matter. We stand with you. We are committed to promoting equal opportunity and fighting against racism in all forms.
People helping people is just that – a simple premise, but when backed by the power of cooperation, significant change can come about. This is the very essence of our company’s founding – it’s in our name, and we cannot live up to that name if we don’t speak out, take action, and work collectively to effect change.
We support the resolution that the CUNA Board of Directors passed last week “acknowledging our country’s historic, systemic, and institutionalized racism toward Black people and black communities” and continue to commit to working within our communities “to help promote financial inclusion, equity and economic opportunity.”
We are working with our DE&I Council to provide a forum for conversation, and encourage learning and proactive opportunities to address injustice, inequality, and discrimination.
Together – in cooperation with each other – we can bring about the change we desire and create a better future.
– Todd Clark
President & CEO, CO-OP Financial Services