@markfranchett1 one of the things we most appreciate about our online community is the ability to hear directly from our members about their ideas, suggestions, kudos and concerns - thank you for taking the time to provide this valuable feedback to us.
Back in July, we made a commitment to fight for racial equity - you can read that statement in the Co-op Journal - and we recently posted an update to the July article, which outlines our goals and progress so far relative to our enterprise-wide racial equity, diversity and inclusion (REDI) initiative.
Throughout this work, we will be examining our real estate and hiring policies and practices among many others. We will examine our approach to site selection and how it supports not only our social impact agenda but also the future of our business. In addition, later this year, we look forward to sharing with our employees, members and partners our goals and actions to increase the diversity of our workforce.
We recognize that this may not be a gratifying response for you today, but we assure you that both of these topics are high on our priority list in 2021 as we work to develop strategies and actions to address opportunities for impactful change. In the meantime, please remain engaged, vocal and solution-oriented!
You mention above "the future of our business." What is the business of the REI Co-op? Is REI basically a outdoor equipment version of Newman's Own where the principle focus is generating funds to support selected charities or is it something else? I am wondering how to provide feedback. I have belonged to food Coops in the past where the focus has also been on what would benefit the members.
@markfranchett1 likely the best place to read about the business of the co-op is on our "About Us" page on REI.com, which includes additional links to different parts of our business. In terms of providing feedback, you can certainly do that here in the community (we're listening and forwarding comments along all the time!), or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope this helps!