In this pivotal and unprecedented moment in history, we are coping with a global pandemic that has claimed the lives of thousands, a financial and economic struggle for businesses and families, and a collective social challenge that moves us to change the way we think and act. As we rethink how we work and live, so should we rethink the value we place on diversity and inclusion in this country.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the loved ones of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and all of those whose lives were lost in senseless acts of brutality. Discrimination and social injustice have no place in our society. We stand in solidarity with those fighting to build a future of equality, inclusion, and safety for all—no matter your appearance or circumstance.
At ABC, we are committed to doing our part. We work with highly trained psychometricians to remove testing barriers and biases from our exams before they reach operators. The merit, ability, and character of an operator is what is important, not aspects like race, gender, or creed.
But we believe we can do even more. There is a place in the water and wastewater industry for everyone, and to show our commitment to promoting equality, we are proud to announce that we will be hosting a featured diversity and inclusion presentation at our 2021 Innovation in Certification Conference. We are looking forward to providing a platform to discuss issues and work together to create strong, unified solutions.
There are some wrongs that can never be corrected. George Floyd can not be given back his life. But we will not forget what happened and we will commit ourselves to be allies for change. Only through working together, educating ourselves about issues, and standing for what is right can we be proud of the world we are creating.