Earlier this week, I signed on with nearly 200 other CEOs in imploring the peaceful and expedient certification of the election results and the transition of power. I did so not in support of a political party or candidate, but in support of one of our most fundamental and defining ideals as a nation: democracy and respecting the will of the people.
Yesterday’s events in Washington, DC, will forever be chronicled as one of the darkest days in our nation's history and an assault on our democracy. Respecting and valuing different perspectives, including political differences, is one of our core values as a firm; we have seen and understand empirically the power of diversity and also understand the peril of a world without it. Fomenting violence and divisiveness poses an untenable threat to democracy and our civil liberties and must be strongly condemned. It also blocks the healing pathway to common ground and the unity that our country urgently needs to move forward.
Despite the alarming and abhorrent events of this week, I remain confident in the democratic institutions of our great country. The bipartisan condemnations of insurrection and violence and the will of Congress to carry out their responsibilities under the Constitution to count the electoral votes and declare the results was a sign of resolve and safeguarding of our democratic processes. Regardless of our political views, we must work together to address the great challenges and opportunities before us. With vaccine distribution well underway and the economic recovery gaining momentum, there is so much for which to be hopeful and our resolve, tested once again, must remain strong.
I implore you to lean on our inclusive culture and find strength in understanding different viewpoints. Be a catalyst for the power of diverse perspectives, a conduit for dialogue and an antidote for healing. This is a critical time to support each other through dialogue and respect. While we may have different political views, please remember that we’re all still part of the EY family, bound by common values of respect, integrity, teaming and, of course, the #CourageToLead.
As always, the safety and well-being of our people remains our priority. We are monitoring the situation in Washington, DC, and will communicate locally as needed. Our Greater Washington offices were closed for all personnel and we’ve activated our Everbridge notification system. If you need support, remember that EY Assist is a valuable resource available 24 hours a day.
Thank you for your enduring #CourageToLead. Stay safe and take good care of yourselves and each other.
US Chair and Managing Partner and Americas Managing Partner