The tragedies surrounding Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks combined with the incident in Central Park have clearly shown how much work there is to be done in our country to build a stronger, more equal, and safer society. News and videos of unspeakable behavior have brought home in shocking fashion the inequality and fear that some of our communities deal with on a daily basis. These recent incidents of racial injustice have compounded the disproportionate impact and economic hardship endured by our communities of color during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have operations in two cities that have experienced firsthand the groundswell of anger that has at times turned destructive. This unfortunate destruction detracts from the message of oneness and reconciliation that is needed today more than ever.
This is a difficult time for our communities, but as the CEO of Financial Institutions, Inc. and Five Star Bank, I am committed to doing all we can to support our communities and foster a company culture that deeply values and respects diversity and inclusion. Our core values embody the inclusive environment we are building within the Five Star family and we are committed to a continued strengthening of our policies and practices. I strongly believe that a diversity of insights and perspectives will drive our company forward with the best ideas and outcomes possible.
Racial inequality is a deep problem in our society that must be addressed on every level to result in a change. This must be a sustained effort and our leadership team understands the importance of creating a more inclusive and diverse organization. Part of our journey is listening to the experiences of others and having an honest and open dialogue. We must all work together to take care of each other and build a fair and equitable society.
We stand against racism. We stand for inclusion. We stand together to make a stronger tomorrow.
Together. Today. Tomorrow. Always.