At ANA and AIMM, we strongly believe that every person — regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, religion, age, or culture — should have equal rights, equal representation,opportunities, support, understanding, respect, consideration, voice, and the ability to achieve their full potential. For more than 20 years, we have used our collective voices, reach, and commitment to create an industry that is more inclusive, understanding, and reflective of diverse segments. Although we have done a lot, it is not enough.
As we experience unprecedented loss due to the novel coronavirus, Black and Brown communities continue to face an age-old virus that has infected America for four centuries: racism. As America marches for an end to racism, injustice, and inequality against Blacks, the marketing and advertising industry is here to say we see you, we hear you, we are with you, and we commit to do everything in our individual and collective power to end systemic racism and achieve equality and justice.
As marketers and industry leaders, we commit to unflinchingly examining our own history and current practices to shine a light on systemic and institutional bias that exists within the industry. We can no longer accept the shortcomings of many of our diversity and inclusion initiatives. We commit to examining why they haven't done enough and what action is needed to advance. And we commit to interventions that will have an immediate and sustained impact on equality, inclusion, and systemic change in our ecosystem and in our society:
As ANA/AIMM members, we pledge to hold ourselves and the industry accountable for promises made. We want to ensure that we walk the walk — not only while our country is suffering, but on a long-term basis where we have the power to create systemic change. For this reason, AIMM is developing an industry ranking system by which our marketing, D&I, investment, and advertising efforts will be measured. The ranking system will use the ANA/AIMM research previously conducted as a baseline for where the industry is today so that we can set goals to create change and track progress.
There is no greater urgency than that of addressing the systemic racism, injustice, and inequalities plaguing our country. We will use our platforms to ensure we use our resources and voices as a force for good and a force for change. To join the pledge for change, please sign your name below. Your signature and participation have never been more important in the quest for equity than they are today.
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