These are certainly unprecedented and trying times. As our world is faced with the challenge of battling the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, we are now also grappling with the recent events surrounding racial injustice.
AVI is troubled by the devastating and disturbing events involving the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, amongst many others. We extend our deepest and most sincere condolences to these families as they have so tragically lost their loved ones.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
AVI is a family and right now, a part of our family is hurting. Our family members and communities of color deserve better. We cannot overlook the violence, abuse and injustice that many have experienced. We firmly believe that every human life has the right to feel safe, accepted, included and treated equally regardless of skin color. We all play a significant role in ensuring that our living environment reflects these principles. During these difficult times, although our company continues to uphold and reinforce all of our core values and guiding principles, perhaps two of these have never resonated more powerfully than they do at this moment … our core values of Sensitivity Toward People and Sensitivity Toward Society.
At AVI, our values have always guided our actions – we are continuously improving and growing as an organization and as a family. We keep getting better because we care about our team members, our clients, our customers and our communities, and we challenge each other to grow and to do what’s right.
In the face of adversity, the AVI family continues to live by our long-standing foundation of core values which have driven our culture, our beliefs and our sense of community for the past 60 years. While we cannot change the past, we can allow it to light our path forward. What we choose to do now directly impacts our future. Let us all be moved to take peaceful action. Seek first to understand. Have compassion, be fair and love all. We believe that positive change is on the horizon.