values of equality
We are witnessing unprecedented times – We have a virus that has brought the whole world to its knees and challenged the human race while scientists are working around the clock to find the vaccine. On the other end of the spectrum, we proudly sent astronauts to the International Space Station after 9 years while facing the fact that inequality and racial biases remain visible in our society. Many corporate leaders have talked about inclusive, diverse culture in their organizations, and many have started implementation in its true sense.
The ultimate measure of a person is not where one stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where one stands in times of challenge and controversy.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fear of the unknown is inevitable during a crisis. It brings out the worst in people, fanning the flames of discrimination and exclusion, and creating conflict in communities that are already tense and afraid. In a time when we should be working together to fight the spread of disease and return to normalcy, misinformed suspicions are driving us apart. A crisis is a challenge, yes — but it also stands as a period of opportunity. A blatant reminder that we can all do better. With a small effort on the part of everyone we can and will emerge from social injustices with stronger values and increased team unity.
Silence is not the key to change and violence is not going to solve the problem of racism but empathy will. My ask to each of you is to come together. Ask a colleague, a friend or a neighbor how they are doing today. Give each other grace as they're navigating unseen circumstances. We can’t do it alone but together we are stronger and we can drive the change. Take non-violent actions – speak your heart and express your opinion. May the force be with you and May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears
– Nelson Mandela
At QMetry, we will continue to live up to the principles and values we have set for ourselves and we will amplify our commitment to do our part.
To reject racism, sexism, xenophobia and all hateful or intolerant speech, both in person and online. Be an "up-stander," and discourage others from engaging in such behavior.
To be inclusive and remember that everyone has different circumstances. Continue to treat everyone with respect, both in their presence and in their absence. Do not resort or revert to unkind discussions about people, individuals or groups who may not be in your immediate social circle.
To be patient with one another during email, text and video conversations. There can be a tendency to want immediate answers, and typically friendly ways of communicating can break down without deliberate effort to maintain kindness. Try to be as clear as possible in online conversations. Don't assume that broad, sweeping statements will be fully understood.
To remember to practice self-care and safety! While it is your constitutionally protected right to engage in peaceful protest in “traditional public forums” such as streets, sidewalks or public parks, the government can impose “time, place and manner restrictions on speech protests.
To recognize your own stress, manage yourself before managing others, and make time for your physical and emotional needs. Spend time with your family members and loved ones.
To report instances of social injustice to authorities or if they are related to QMetry then send them directly to HR.
Let us use our influence and take a pledge to stand up for equality, inclusion and diversity in our eco-system. Because a community only succeeds if all members of community feel safe, nurtured and opportune. QMetrians are actively engaged using our “CSR” initiatives to serve communities and I would ask you to take our cause to the next level because “Enough is Enough.”