Racial Equity at KBR

Over the last couple of weeks, the leadership team has taken time to pause our operations at Katie Button Restaurants to listen and reflect. Here’s what we know:
– Systemic racism exists.
– White privilege exists.
– Police brutality must end.
– Black lives matter.
– We can and will do more.

Over the next few months, we will implement programs to do more to actively counter systemic racism in our businesses in the following ways:

1. Require all employees to take an assessment to better understand their own biases.
2. Require all managers to complete a diversity and cultural sensitivity training.
3. Katie Button Restaurants will supply a library of books and essays, including children’s books for our employees to read and further their education on white privilege, systemic racism, bias, and Ashevile’s history of racism and redlining.
4. All leadership who have not yet done so will participate in Racial Equity Institute workshops
5. We will complete a yearly assessment of our hiring practices, and reevaluate our job posting locations and access to Black applicants.
6. We will further and formalize our yearly equitable pay analysis and make the results available internally for transparency.
7. We will join the newly formed coalition of Southern Restaurants for Racial Justice, and donate 10% of our sales on Father’s Day to ColorofChange.org in honor of George Floyd, and continue to participate in future initiatives.

These efforts are integral to our vision to blaze the trail for sustainable livelihood. We pledge to continue to learn with open minds and hearts, push forward with humility and deep respect, and engage with care.

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