Speaking Out Against Racism and Supporting Inclusion and Equity

June 05, 2020

We have a responsibility to speak out against the racist acts occurring in our communities and actively promote justice and equality. This is a note sent to the entire Turner family. 

Dear Turner Family,

Recent events are a stark and painful reminder of the consequences of on-going, undeniable racism that exists in our communities.

Our Black community, especially, is hurting right now. I am still processing the horrific crime committed against George Floyd and grieve for too many other Black lives unjustly taken. It is heartbreaking to see such ugliness.

At Turner, racism and discrimination of any kind, in our offices and on our project sites is not and will not be tolerated. We work hard to create a diverse and inclusive culture. In view of the injustices that continue to occur in the communities where we live and work, it is clear we all must do more.

I commit and ask each of you to commit to work harder to support an inclusive environment and provide a safe place where each of our colleagues can be their authentic self. I commit to review every aspect of our business with the lens of racial equity and make any needed changes in our company. Turner will partner with educational institutions and organizations to build a more diverse industry. We will work harder to maintain an atmosphere of mutual respect, understanding and dignity within the workplace.

Let us reflect on our personal actions and relationships. We must move beyond quiet support and become active and accountable allies for racial equality through words and actions. Listen to one another, learn from one another, see and hear one another. Have the courage to engage in deeper conversations. Reach out to our Employee Resource Group members and our Community and Citizenship leaders. They can help us better understand and address this sensitive and incredibly important topic. We must trust each other to make sweeping changes in our company, on our projects and in the industry.

Our Turner family is strong, and we truly care for one another. Join me in speaking out against racial injustice and take action to support inclusion and equity. The work we do and the progress we make in building a more just society will be the most important, lasting, rewarding, and life changing work we will do in our careers.

Peter Davoren
President and Chief Executive Officer
Turner Construction Company

Turner International

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