BMO’s Purpose animates our teams around the world and guides our actions to support our customers, employees and communities. Aligned with that Purpose, BMO today announced a donation of $1 million to a number of organizations in North America to support social and racial justice, and inclusion.
“BMO will always stand up for a society that is more just, where all people are valued, equally,” said Darryl White, Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group. “That includes raising our voice to denounce racism, every time and everywhere we see it. This is a time to not be silent.”
“We are deeply saddened by the death of George Floyd, and the anguish it has created,” said David Casper, U.S. Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group. “While physical distancing separates us, this is not a time to be passive. It’s a time to reach out and engage in a dialogue, to reinforce the fundamental belief that our diversity is one of our great strengths as a nation.”
The donation builds on BMO’s commitment to an inclusive society with zero barriers, including a focus on internal professional development for Blacks and Latinos and support to minority-owned small businesses, including clients and vendors. BMO continues to drive inclusive behaviours among its leaders and people as well as community alliances and partnerships in areas like workforce development, healthcare, small business, affordable housing, arts and culture.
Read more about our commitments in the U.S. in BMO Harris’ latest Community Impact Review.