As we’ve grappled with recent discourse around solutions to the epidemic of police violence that overwhelmingly affects people of color, we—as the leadership of Dr. Bronner’s—have discussed whether “Defund the Police” is the right message for our company. What does “Defund the Police” mean exactly? How will it be interpreted by our customers? Is there consensus within the company around “Defund the Police” as a policy and message?
This statement was initiated by Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employees at Dr. Bronner’s along with our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) taskforce. Reports of anti-Asian hate crimes rose nearly 150% in America’s largest cities last year, reflecting a growing trend of discrimination against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders during the Covid-19 pandemic. This week alone,
Earlier this year, we posted about the need to address systemic racism in the U.S. and the mass incarceration of people of color through changes in both state and federal drug policy. We have also been vocal advocates of ending cannabis prohibition for more than a decade, and actively encourage best practices in what is projected to be an industry worth billions of dollars in the coming years.
Throughout our company’s history of producing safe and effective personal care products, Dr. Bronner’s has used its resources to fight on behalf of the public good. We have done this in different ways, such as advocating for truth in the labeling of organic products; promoting fair trade & fair pay; opposing the factory farming of animals;
At Dr. Bronner’s we know we need to do our part to dismantle white supremacy and end systemic racial injustice and anti-Black racism. To this end we will donate an additional $100,000 to the Movement for Black Lives this year and pledge to donate a total of $1 million over the next ten years. A week after demonstrations began to sweep across the U.S.
The brutal killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by police has catalyzed a groundswell of action against racism and police brutality across the country. We stand in solidarity and believe it is our duty to demand and work for systemic change to end racial injustice and inequality. We must root out the deep unconscious racial bias and white supremacy that permeates our culture,
On Monday we issued a statement in support of Black Lives Matter and the movement in support of justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the many lives lost to police violence. As an act of solidarity with protests happening around the U.S., we pledged to donate $25,000 to a variety of organizations, both in Minnesota and nationally,
Dr. Bronner’s stands with Black Lives Matter in support of justice for George Floyd, who was killed by police last week in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A first step in overcoming systemic racism and injustice is to simply understand and admit that there is a problem. That’s why, even as a soap company, we feel the need to make this statement.
The United Nations 2019 Climate Gap Emissions Report laid bare the stark reality of the climate crisis. 27 years after the Kyoto Protocol that committed nations to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, GHG emissions have actually increased. 2019 represented a critical milestone in the global climate crisis—it marked the hottest year on record in the northern hemisphere.
To our customers and community, Like many businesses in this time, we are doing our best to prioritize the health and wellbeing of our employees and community. For Dr. Bronner’s this goes hand in hand with meeting the needs of our customers. Soap and hand sanitizer are essential tools to help keep Covid-19 from spreading and help maintain public health,