Whereas recent events and our nation's ongoing and important conversation about racism, discrimination and social justice, have highlighted the need for organizations, including Automotive Trade Association Executives (ATAE), and the industries they represent, such as the U.S. automotive retail industry, to rededicate themselves to the goals of increasing diversity, equity and inclusion within their purviews; and
Whereas ATAE, which includes more than 100 executives who collectively represent over 16,000 franchised new car and truck dealers, has an obligation to lead the industry it represents by example; and
Whereas, ATAE is comprised of individual associations, with hundreds of employees, representing an automotive retail industry that is made up of businesses and a workforce that reflect the diverse population and communities served in metro and rural markets across North America; and
Whereas ATAE respects the autonomy of every state and local automotive trade association to operate under its bylaws, rules and policies; and
Whereas ATAE believes a commitment to increasing diversity and fostering greater levels of equity and inclusiveness within its membership and programing is imperative for its continued growth and evolution;
IT IS THEREFORE HEREBY RESOLVED that ATAE is committed to being a strong supporter of diversity, equity, and inclusion, including increasing diversity and fostering equity and inclusion within its own organization wherever possible.