In the wake of the recent tragic events in Orlando, we at Mallinckrodt share the raw emotions and strong concern people around the world are all feeling about the acts of senseless violence that are affecting our communities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Orlando victims and their families and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community that was so directly impacted.
Remarkably, it was a year ago this month that we remember the shock and sense of loss we felt following the shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. And in the months between, we’ve paused again and again to grieve for victims of violence in France and Belgium, and Tennessee, Oregon and California here in the U.S.
At Mallinckrodt, diversity and inclusion are at the core of who we are, and we value the strength that our organization derives from the varied experiences, cultures and views of our employees. As a company, we stand with those who have condemned these hateful acts of violence, and we will continue to stand up for the right of every employee to work in a safe and welcoming environment that promotes individual dignity and respect.
Targeting members of the LGBT community, or any other group, is abhorrent and unthinkable. And equally important, we must not single out or denounce members of any one culture or faith based on the unconscionable actions of individuals or groups seeking to undermine our beliefs in freedom and individual liberty.
As we at Mallinckrodt continue to celebrate LGBT Pride throughout June, we’re proud to fly the Pride flag at our U.S. headquarters in St. Louis and to serve as the presenting sponsor of the St. Louis Pride Parade. Many of our St. Louis area employees will join the parade on June 26 and march not just for all that has been accomplished in the fight for equality, but also in solidarity with those who are suffering from these recent horrific acts. The safety of our employees and guests is always our number one concern, and for that reason, our security team is working with the St. Louis organizers to ensure that everyone has a safe experience during the parade.
In times of unfathomable tragedy, we must stand united in our commitment to fight against discrimination of any kind and embrace the rich differences that we each bring to the company and our communities, at large.
I’m always impressed by the power of human resilience and unity, so often demonstrated in the wake of these tragedies. Let us at Mallinckrodt continue to serve as an example of the power and strength that come from embracing our differences and accepting one another.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Mallinckrodt