To our Nalgene Community,
The Nalgene team has paused over the last several days to reflect deeply on who we are as a business and how we can best address the issues of systemic racism in our country. Here is what we are doing now
We are speaking out.
We believe brands are not the voices that should be heard loudest at this moment, but recognize that we cannot and must not be silent. Nalgene stands in solidarity with the Black community and all those working alongside it to put an end to systemic racism in America. Black lives matter.
We are taking action.
We are committed to helping create meaningful change and using the means we have to make an impact. As a business with a 70-year history in Rochester, New York, we believe our most urgent work starts here at home. Nalgene is making a donation to ROC the Future, a local collective impact initiative dedicated to overcoming the deep educational inequities that impede children’s success in the classroom and beyond, an issue that disproportionately affects our Black neighbors and other communities of color.
This is a first step, and we are working on creating pathways to be further involved. We invite you to join in finding tangible, ongoing ways that you too can support the BIPOC-led community organizations doing this kind of important work in your own backyard.
We are listening.
One thing we know: We don’t have all the answers. Another thing we know: The global Nalgene community is strong, passionate, and powerful. By speaking out and taking action, you continue to make us and this world better. We are proud to be the bottle you carry with you and strive to always make you proud in return.
Our work does not end here. No one person or business can carry this load alone—it’s up to all of us to walk together toward a more just, equitable future.
— Team Nalgene
May 30, 2020
Marc N. Casper
Chairman, President, and CEO
As we live through the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve often seen the best in people who are banding together to help and support one another. In times like these, it’s more important than ever to hold on to our fundamental values and to what unites all of us. But the good that can come from difficult situations is quickly diluted when we witness an act like the one that occurred in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last week. The harm inflicted on a fellow human being for reasons that are beyond comprehension weigh heavily on me.
The unconscionable death of George Floyd is the latest example in the U.S. of one of our African American citizens killed in a heinous and unforgivable act. What’s more disturbing is that this act occurred at the hands of a police officer – who should represent safety and trust for all of our citizens.
I am so profoundly sad that in 2020 we still bear witness to such aggression and that too often, it’s directed towards our diverse populations. Even COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted people of color. And we see increasing discrimination against Asian Americans as well. These detestable biases are not isolated to the U.S. – they still occur around the world.
I have two sons. They are bi-racial. This is not the world I want for them. As a father and as the leader of our company, this is not the world I want for any of us and I am personally passionate to be a part of making things better.
What I do want is to make sure that all of our 75,000 colleagues understand that behaviors like those witnessed in Minneapolis are unacceptable and not aligned with our culture of diversity and inclusion. Our company rests solidly on this foundation and that will never change.
I believe that much of this unrest stems from the perceived lack of economic opportunity. Countries like the U.S. have prospered because of the hope it represents – for all people. I came from humble beginnings, my parents didn’t graduate from college, but I always felt that every opportunity was available to me. This feeling seems to be eroding, creating a sense of hopelessness and despair. We all should do our part to make our world better.
For Thermo Fisher, we have worked tirelessly to make our company a meritocracy and create opportunities for all of our colleagues. We are also going to increase the work of our philanthropic foundation to help us give back more to education in our communities because education plays such an important role in opportunity. These may be small acts on a global scale, but I believe our collective efforts can make a real difference.
We must all stand together against hatred and discrimination. Our future – as a company, a country, and a global community- requires each of us to set examples of inclusion and openness to those who are different from ourselves. You have my commitment that I will continue to do so.
Despite these kinds of terrible acts, I remain optimistic and believe in the goodness of society. We can’t judge and condemn whole groups of people by the acts of individuals. As we’ve seen throughout the pandemic, there is much caring and kindness in the world. Let’s all commit to being a part of that story.