Category: Culture

Taking action: Our commitment to the black community

From the Cendyn Senior Leadership Team

Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed extraordinary change happening. Communities, companies and people all over the world are stepping up in solidarity against racial discrimination and support for the equality of black people.

Another big part of this movement has been reflection – looking at the systems, processes and decisions that have contributed to systemic racism, and seeing where we can do better.

Cendyn’s technology exists to empower hospitality and connection, and as such, we want to ensure that black perspectives and voices are elevated inside our company.

The follow through required will not be easy or fast, but we are committed to doing our part now and moving forward, with accountability and transparency.

Although our conversation right now is focusing on black racial bias and equality, we are also committed to diversity and inclusion across all minority groups and genders. We see you. Expect to see more on this in the future.  At this moment in history, it is important we address this specific issue in a manner that is true to our core values.

Here is how Cendyn is taking immediate action:  

  • We launched an anonymous staff survey on June 18, 2020 on diversity and inclusion to gauge our current climate and hear directly from employees on their experiences with racism and inequality.
  • We are launching a new Diversity & Inclusion council, led by employees, to steer Cendyn’s efforts in this area, with a commitment to hold Cendyn accountable by tracking initiatives and regularly sharing progress reports. The council will be formed by June 30, 2020.
  • We are committed to providing diversity and inclusion training for our entire team by August 28, 2020.

Upon reviewing the results of our survey and after a council is identified, we will outline a clear action plan for Cendyn. This will be agreed upon by the council and the Senior Leadership Team and will be defined and communicated openly.

We plan to roll this out in phases, so we are able to successfully sustain momentum of the initiative and highlight the importance of diversity and inclusion today and going forward.

Black Lives Matter.

Tim Sullivan, President & CEO

Michael Bennett, Chief Marketing Officer

John Seaton, Chief Commercial Officer

Donna Goudie, Chief Operating Officer

Ron Lugo, Chief Administrative Officer

Dave Morgan, Chief Financial Officer

Brad Noe, Chief Technology Officer

Olga Peddie, Chief Digital Officer

Steve Stearns, GM, APAC