Universal Music Group is creating a task force to “accelerate our efforts in areas such as inclusion and social justice."
Chief of Universal Music Group Lucian Grainge sent a memo to his staff announcing the formation of a task force to “accelerate our efforts in areas such as inclusion and social justice," this week, following the death of George Floyd and protests across the country.
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Grainge is appointing chief counsel Jeff Harleston to lead the task force.
"This week, yet again we saw our society’s most painful realities about race, justice and inequality brought—cruelly and brutally—into the harsh light of day," Grainge wrote in the memo. "But no matter how shocked or saddened or infuriated we may be, we cannot just despair. We must act. Each one of us has a duty to do what we can to alter those realities, to help build a society that is far less unequal and much more just.
"I’ve appointed our General Counsel Jeff Harleston to lead a UMG Task Force to accelerate our efforts in areas such as inclusion and social justice. Jeff is convening a group of qualified executives from throughout the company to review our current programs, identify gaps and deficiencies, update our plan where it’s outdated, propose new initiatives, and ensure that these issues remain at the top of our agenda."
Grainge goes on to say that more details will come next week.
Check out the full memo here.