Many companies across the U.S will observe Juneteenth as a holiday, while many are going to observe moments of silence, as a sign of support for the Black community. Juneteenth, is an amalgamation of nineteenth and June, a 155-year-old holiday celebrating the liberation of African-Americans from slavery in the U.S. On 19th June 1865, the Civil War ended, and slavery was abolished.
Although, Juneteenth has been there for more than a century, recognizing the day is a way for companies to show their commitment to making the workplace more diverse and inclusive and to promoting racial justice. Following are different ways companies are commemorating Juneteenth day,
- Paid holidays and cancellation of scheduled meetings to the employees
- Tech companies – Adobe, Amazon, Adobe, Google, Twitter, Square, Google, Spotify, Mailchimp, and Cognizant,
- Retail – Target, Nike, JCPenney
- Media companies – The New York Times, Thomson Reuters, The Washington Post, and Vox Media
- Moment of silence
- Automobile – The United Auto Workers union has asked automakers to observe moments of silence, take a pause, on Juneteenth, in a moment of reflection and support for protests to end racism and hate. Major automobile companies supporting the call are GM, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler
- Close businesses early
- Financial institutions – JPMorgan Chase, PNC Bank, Fifth Third Bank, and Capital One that will close their business early on June 19th
Juneteenth is a day to remember, celebrate, and pave a path forward toward making the world a better place for all.