Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits today reaffirmed support for equality, following the disturbing increase in violence against people of Asian descent.
“At Southern Glazer’s, we take pride in fostering a culture that supports diversity, equity and inclusion in all areas of our business,” says Wayne E. Chaplin, Chief Executive Officer. “Whether it be discrimination against the Black community and people of color, acts of violence against Asians, Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders — or any future injustices or crimes against any minority group — we want to make it perfectly clear that we denounce discrimination and violence in any form, now and always.”
“As a leader in our industry and a responsible business, we take seriously our responsibility to speak out, speak up and serve as allies for victims of discrimination and hate,” Chaplin adds. “We will continue to partner with and support organizations that fight for racial justice and equality, while also working to ensure our own Southern Glazer’s FAMILY members feel supported and safe. In line with this commitment and in response to the reprehensible increase in violence against people of Asian descent, Southern Glazer’s has pledged to financially support two organizations that are taking action to fight against acts of hate against the Asian community — the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and Stop AAPI Hate.”
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, a New York-based national organization founded in 1974, protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans.
In response to the alarming escalation in xenophobia and bigotry resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University launched the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center on March 19, 2020. The center tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S.
This support follows workplace, philanthropic and business actions taken by Southern Glazer’s in 2020 to promote racial equality for Black citizens and people of color in the United States.