This week, we promised you that we would challenge ourselves and our community to be better listeners, better partners, better advocates for one another.

For us to see the change we want in the world outside, we must start inside. This means reevaluating the ways we operate as a co-op—from our internal practices to our external relationships, from our engagement with customers to our ways of participating in and advocating for the outdoors.

While the co-op has been engaging in this work for years, we must do better. Systemic change isn’t a quick fix. And we may not get it all right but that won’t stop us from trying.

We’re committed to this journey for the long haul, and promise to update and involve you along the way. In the near term, we’ll amplify the voices and stories of the Black community—the stories that need to be heard today.

Be heard, be seen, be the change. #BlackLivesMatter

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At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.