REI Co-op Statement on Violence Against the Asian American & Pacific Islander Community

Mar 17, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all, but its impacts have not been equal. Time and again, those in historically marginalized communities have borne not just the brunt of the disease itself, but the majority of the economic and social impacts as well. 

Throughout the pandemic, we have seen a marked increase in racial violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, including a series of murders in Atlanta last night. 

REI has zero tolerance for racism, and as we continue to work to transform our organization and industry for racial equity, we are creating strategies, policies and practices to hold ourselves and those around us to a higher standard. As part of this work, we will do more to support organizations leading efforts in marginalized communities, including Stop AAPI Hate.

Combatting racism requires us all to speak out whenever we encounter it. REI will not be silent, and we call on others to join us in speaking out.

About the REI Co-op

REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 20 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 171 locations in 39 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company that runs more than 100 itineraries across the country. In many communities where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by hosting beginner-to advanced-level classes and workshops about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.