An open letter from thryve to our Community

It’s taken me a few days to put into writing what I want to say.

Traditionally I would not like to post about political issues on LinkedIn or in public. When it comes to the company I think it’s wise to be politically neutral.

But this isn’t a political issue.

It’s a societal and moral issue.

Black and people of colour deserve this to be spoken about, what’s more they deserve real change.

This is a painful time for our country and for the world.

Like so many of you reading this, we at thryve have been saddened and angered by recent events - in America, in Europe and here in the UK.

The awful deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and far far too many others highlight that systematic and fundamental racism is very much prevalent in our communities.

Racism is an issue here in the UK, just as it is across the planet. Being a black person or a person from a minority group in this country means that you face discrimination and unfairness in many areas of life.

You can see it in recruitment - in the bias (whether conscious or unconscious) that happens when selecting candidates. You can see it in policies made by all governments. And you can see it in the unfair stop and search and targeted policing of black people.

These issues cannot be ignored. It’s not enough to be passive and it’s not enough to allow these injustices to continue occurring.

That’s why I’m writing this message - to our teams, to our partners, to our candidates and to our wider Community.

As a company, thryve will always be an equal opportunities employer. Not just in terms of race, but gender, sexual orientation, disability or religion.

Thryve will always apply this same approach to candidate selection for clients.

Thryve will always use its platform to educate clients as to applying fair and indiscriminate selection.

Thryve will not partner with companies who ask us to discriminate against certain groups.

Thryve will make charitable contributions in 2020 towards the BLM movement.

Suggestions for local UK charities are welcome.

This is just the beginning.

We are not perfect. We still have much to do.

It’s my mission as the owner to continue to facilitate the points above and to go even further.

Black lives do matter. And I sincerely hope that these recent events can start a chain reaction of positive changes to improve the lives of all people of colour - and therefore humanity as a whole.

John Lennon


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