On Tuesday, June 2, I sent a version of these thoughts to our SUSE employees. To honor #blackouttuesday, we decided to not immediately post this statement on SUSE’s social media channels. As events across the United States continue to develop, I want to share my perspective with our SUSE customers, partners, and communities.
Like many of you, I have found the events occurring across the United States in response to the unconscionable killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, amongst many others, to be profoundly tragic and painful. Personally, they have shaken me to my core and have left me in deep reflection. While I will never understand the struggle of millions of people around the world that have been subject to systemic oppression, I stand united against hate and discrimination.
As these events continue to unfold across the United States, they have rightly grabbed the world’s attention, and as leader of a global company, SUSE cannot remain silent – we will not remain silent. We will not accept racism, discrimination, or harassment in any form at any time. We stand against the innocent lives lost.
Our SUSE Values are rooted in the ethos of open source. We are open, collaborative, and honest; we are respectful and inclusive. We are empowered and accountable, and together, we will continue to break down barriers by listening and understanding everyone’s perspective with dignity and respect.
As your CEO, it is my responsibility to ensure our SUSE Values are upheld and that every employee feels safe, valued, and part of our incredible SUSE family. If you or a member of your team are feeling angry, upset, or uncertain about the events that are going on in the world, please know SUSE Assist stands ready to connect you with the resources you may need.
We remain dedicated to ensuring the SUSE team is representative of the communities where we live and work, and are committed to doing more by looking into specific actions that we can take as a company. I look forward to collaborating with our entire community — employees, partners, customers — to develop real solutions and will share specific outcomes as they are developed and implemented.
I am with you; SUSE is with you. We are stronger when we are united together.