Like so many of you, I have watched what's unfolded in the United States with a great sense of concern. Anger, fear, and frustration have been laid bare as people demand an end to systemic racism and push for meaningful change. Those voices must be heard and listened to with empathy and a will to take action. 

It’s up to us all to educate ourselves to recognize racial inequality where it exists. By honestly acknowledging the problem and its impact on those around us, whether colleague, friend or stranger, we will move closer to lasting change. 

I do see reasons for optimism now. People young and old are speaking up for what they know is right -- and that’s not just in the United States. Let’s listen carefully to what they are saying. In empathy and understanding we can come together to build a more equitable and inclusive society. 

about the author

Jacques van den Broek

ceo and chair of the executive board

Randstad's Global CEO, leading our mission of supporting people and organizations in realizing their true potential.