Why Black Lives Matter
The Pareto board commissioned the wider Pareto team members to research, write and deliver the statement taking in to consideration the views, opinions and attitudes of the team. The project was lead by Pareto Team Leader Dele Agunpopo who worked with various members of the Pareto team to pull the statement together.
Dele Agunpopo commented “I felt this was an important statement to get right and a topic that is very close to my heart. We didn’t want to just put a statement out for the sake of it and I’m pleased that the Pareto board allowed us to put our true feelings across on this matter. As the statement says we have to recognise the gaps in diversity in the wider facilities management sector but also within our own business. We have to be strong enough to call out the deeply ingrained racism across the world and here in the UK to ensure we take steps to address it. The most important step is to educate ourselves and others and ensure we take action. Simply demanding change is not enough. Pareto now understands that to be silent is to be complicit.”
Andrew Hulbert, Pareto Founder added “Pareto is a leader in FM around promoting diversity and inclusion but after the recent unlawful killings it was clear we still weren’t doing enough. I wanted to get something together to show Pareto’s position but as a middle aged white male I have no authenticity, ability or right to write such a statement. We commissioned Dele to bring the thoughts of Pareto together and create the statement. When I read it for the first time, it made me emotional and angry to some degree. It made me realise the depth of the ingrained, inherent and institutional racism our teams face across all sectors and how we haven’t done enough. It hit me hard. I am delighted with that the team have achieved here, it should make us uncomfortable. Pareto has always been willing to lead in diversity and this continues to mark our stance on leading the way. Off the back of this work Pareto are now funding five BAME candidates per annum in to the annual Tomorrow Meets Today programme and are looking to invest in further projects which will be design, implemented and driven by the team”.
Take the opportunity to read and watch some of the material below which will enlighten and educate you on why Black Lives Matter is an important movement towards change.
- Sunday Times Bestseller “Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race” https://www.amazon.co.uk/Longer-Talking-White-People-About/dp/1408870584
- 15 minute clip about Black Bank Manager Dale; how police discrimination & wrong identity have given him PTSD and changed his life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1x0G4NCBTzg
- When They See Us, Ava DuVernay (Netflix)
- Fruitvale Station, Ryan Coogler (on demand)
- 13th, Ava DuVernay (Netflix)
The full statement can be read at https://www.paretofm.com/single-post/2020/06/23/Press-Release-Pareto-Releases-Black-Lives-Matter-Statement