Dear citizens of the world,
All of us at citizenM hotels are appalled by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25th. What makes us sad is that his story is not the first, but it should certainly be the last.
We condemn the constant police brutality, racial injustice, and discrimination not only in the US but across the globe. This should never have happened, and we hope that the former police officers involved will be prosecuted and held accountable for their actions.
We believe that all citizens of the world are equal, regardless of race, gender, age, size, disability, religion or sexual orientation. We are all human beings and should feel comfortable to be ourselves at all times. We should not be forced into not being ourselves by adhering to certain social expectations of others.
citizenM was founded on the philosophy of inclusion rather than exclusion. On a single set of human values which we all live by every day. Treating everyone how you want to be treated yourself, choosing empathy over judgement, and having respect and appreciation for diversity. Really caring for our guests, colleagues and the communities we are lucky to be a part of.
Being a global company has not come without our own challenges and learnings. Our culture and decisions have been challenged at times, yet we have learned that sticking to our values regardless of the circumstance is the only answer.
As a global community of like-minded citizens, we must now strive to bring about meaningful change. We stand by everyone who has been affected by injustices. We commit to doing everything in our power to listen, learn, educate, and most importantly, act.
your friends at citizenM