United Supermarkets Commits 5 Million To Fight Social Injustice
The parent company of United Supermarkets, Albertsons Companies announced they are donating $5 million to organizations that fight for social justice and equality. The donation is going to be split among several organizations. $2 million will be donated to the social justice efforts of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the National Urban League, $1 million to the company’s African American Associate Resource Group to partner with local organizations to support communities, and $1 million in a reserve fund for social justice and diversity initiatives in the future.
The first step the Albertsons took was a conversation where executive leaders listened to African American associates and several of its Associate Resource Groups. The company’s leadership heard that they should hold similar conversations with their own teams throughout the organization which it has already initiated and take concrete action to foster lasting change.
“Now more than ever, we want to foster an environment of open communication,” said Sidney Hopper, president of the United Family. “As we traverse a historic time in the fight for equality, the United Family wants to do our part to improve our communities for everyone.” The United Family of markets includes Market Street, United Supermarkets, Amigos and United Express.
Albertsons Companies President and CEO Vivek Sankaran said these goals of equality cannot be achieved without communication.
“Courageous conversations can lead to bold actions and push the societal change we need,” Sankaran said. “This dialog requires collectives of friends, co-workers, students, community organizers, business leaders, and elected officials committed to building strategies to combat systemic racism and disparate treatment of people of color. We hope to be a catalyst for change and a resource for community organizations as our country works toward social justice.”