Our Statement on Racial Injustice
We at Knotel unequivocally stand unified in the fight against racism, police brutality and systemic oppression. We are anguished by how pervasive racial injustice and discrimination are today. Still. In 2020.
But it’s not enough to simply stand on the side of justice. Since we started Knotel, one of our core values has been “Don’t look away.” It is a promise to listen and do the hard work. In that spirit, we won’t look away. We will use our voice and platform to transform what we learn into action for our employees, customers and communities. Allied. Committed.
Internally, we are encouraging our teams to express themselves on social media and to take time away from work to support the cause. This IS work. We are matching Knotelers’ donations for social justice and anti-racism causes, retroactively and going forward. Working with our Black Excellence employee resource group, we are looking across our business, up and down our supply chain, to enlist ourselves further.
Externally, we are reaching out to our partners in the real estate community to use our outsized voice. Real Estate taxes in cities like New York make up over 50% of revenue, making our community an important citizen and powerful voice. And what matters most right now to this group of citizens is supporting the Black community in the face of systemic racism.
We don’t have all the answers right now. Mostly we are listening to our employees, our customers and our communities. We have to. As a company in the real estate industry, we recognize the role that land has played in the systematic disenfranchisement of Black people. From segregation to redlining, real estate has been part of the problem. Knotel and others in the industry would like to be part of the solution. A part of change. As a flexible space operator, we know that “essential” workers, disproportionately Black and Brown, are the heartbeat of our business. They power our customer experiences and humanize our physical spaces. They deserve our ongoing commitment in the fight against heartless injustice.
Black lives have and always will matter. Let’s seize this moment to make this point painfully clear. Now is not the time to look away.