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A Letter to the Community

June 29, 2020

To the Uwajimaya Community,     

At Uwajimaya, we are committed to being a progressive and collaborative community partner that welcomes and supports all customers.  We do not tolerate racism, harassment or discrimination of any kind.  We expect our employees to treat others with respect and kindness, and ask the same of our customers and partners. 

We recognize this is and has been a very challenging and painful time for our country, and we are saddened and outraged at the senseless deaths of Black Americans.  Uwajimaya believes Black lives matter.  We are aware that deeply ingrained racial prejudices, injustices, biases and inequality continue to exist in our society today and most heavily impact people of color, especially Black Americans.  We believe both the system and our society need reform.  And we feel change will only come from all of us taking action and demanding real transformation and equality.

As an Asian food retailer founded by Asian immigrants, we are listening, learning and reflecting on the role Uwajimaya can play in creating a more equitable and just community.  Our actions will evolve over time and today we commit to do the following:

     1.  We are reviewing our internal policies and looking for biases or processes that may be unknowingly or unjustly preventing an inclusive and diverse company that provides equal opportunities to all.  We are also looking at how we can strengthen our diversity and racial awareness training.   

     2.  We are holding our business partners accountable for their actions and will not work with companies that display actions of racism or discrimination.

     3.  We believe in giving back to our community.  We have a practice of supporting organizations that promote the educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate discrimination and remain committed to doing so in the future. 

Uwajimaya is an ally in this movement and we are committed to taking actions to build a more just, inclusive, and equitable community. 

Denise Moriguchi
President & CEO

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