We are stronger together, so we’re dedicating a day to celebrating that simple fact.
Our second annual Day of Unity will be held Sept. 28. It’s a day for employees of all backgrounds, races, religions, identities and abilities to show that together, we are one.
This day will be one for reflection on giving back to our communities and showing solidarity with one another.
“Every employee at Best Buy should feel like they belong,” said Mark Irvin, Best Buy’s chief inclusion, diversity and talent officer. “By showing vulnerability, empathy, courage and grace, we can continue to build the supportive and inclusive culture that makes us One Best Buy and helps position us in being customer obsessed.”
Employees are encouraged to wear “Together We Are One” t-shirts that were created exclusively for Best Buy by RighteouSouls, a Black-owned apparel company in Minneapolis. It’s an approved uniform option for store employees.
Additionally, we will celebrate teams and individuals who are volunteering in their local communities on Day of Unity or at any point throughout out our company’s Month of Service in September.
Our ongoing commitment to ‘do better’
Day of Unity is also a day to continue our efforts to “do better” — taking stock of our commitments to address underrepresentation, overcome inequities and develop opportunities for those who need them most.
- We’ve committed to hiring more Black, Indigenous or people of color (BIPOC) and women employees.
- We plan to hire more than 1,000 new employees to our technology team over the next two years, and we’ve committed that 30% of them will be diverse (specifically Black, Latinx, Indigenous and women).
- We’ve committed to creating more than 100 Teen Tech Center locations to help bridge the opportunity gap and digital divide for teens in disinvested communities across the country.
- We’re providing $44 million to expand college prep and career opportunities for BIPOC students.
- We’ve committed to spending at least $1.2 billion with BIPOC and diverse businesses by 2025.
- We’re investing up to $10 million with Brown Venture Group, a venture capital firm that focuses exclusively on Black, Latinx and Indigenous technology startups in emerging technologies.
For a deeper look at how we’re driving inclusion and diversity within our company and communities, visit our website for more information.