A few days ago, I found this letter from the CEO of Globus Medical on Linkedin. It seemed to me that finally someone important had something to say and said it. We do not work at Globus Medical, nor for them, but Dave Demski undoubtedly has our respect and admiration.
The letter was the following:
Dear Globus Team,
The tragic and inexcusable death of George Floyd in Minneapolis two weeks ago has prompted an outpouring of anger, outrage and pain throughout the United States and across the world. I certainly don’t have answers to all of the ills facing our society today, but I do know some things for certain:
Hatred is wrong.
Racism is wrong.
Violence is wrong.
Social injustice is wrong.
All people have value and deserve dignity and respect.
All people deserve a voice.
To those who have experienced racism in your lifetime, we hear your pain and we support you. At Globus, we are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills across the vast diversity spectrum of culture, race, religion, sex, age and orientation. We strive to improve patients’ lives through the work that we do every day together and it does not stop in the operating room. Life moves us to encourage social justice and equality for all people. Diversity and inclusion make us stronger. We unequivocally condemn intolerance and we need to stand up and call out injustice when we see it.
Change needs to happen. Change can only happen if we listen to one another, if we seek to truly see and understand one another. To demonstrate and further Globus’ commitment to listening and learning more, this week a cross section of Globus Team members will receive an invitation to join us for small group sessions focused on diversity and inclusion. It is from these sessions that we expect to learn more and find ways we can improve, to move us all forward together.
I ask you to try to listen to and learn from one another, be thoughtful and treat one another with respect. We can use this tragedy as an opportunity to become more unified and less divided.
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” (Maya Angelou). Let’s listen and learn more, and do better.
Dave Demski. CEO at Globus Medical