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Black Lives Matter: Diversity and Inclusion are Transatlantic Values

Statement by Frank Sportolari, President of AmCham Germany

The American Chamber of Commerce in Germany (AmCham Germany) condemns racism and the systematic oppression of black people. There is no room for racial injustice and police misconduct in our society. The protests which are taking place across the United States and throughout the world show the seriousness of this issue and present a unique moment for decisive action.

As a transatlantic business association with over 2000 members from the US, Germany and other European countries, we acknowledge our responsibility to strive for an inclusive and diverse society, values which are fundamental to the transatlantic community. AmCham Germany fosters cross-cultural understanding and cooperation through a commitment to transparent and constructive dialogue and commits to redouble its efforts to promote diversity and inclusion and to work against structural racism.

As our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of those who were murdered, AmCham Germany declares solidarity with those all over the world who peacefully raise their voices for justice, equality and an end to violence and racism.