Factbox: What changes are companies making in response to George Floyd protests?
(Reuters) - Business response to a wave of protests against the treatment of African Americans included pledges to increase diversity, donate to civil rights groups, and in some cases change to products, policies, or practices that critics have long sought.
Here is a selection:
Johnson & Johnson said it would stop selling popular skin lightening creams in Asia and the Middle East, and admitted that some product names or claims claimed fairness or whiteness to be better.
The US owner of Eskimo Pie-Eis said on June 19 that he would change the brand name and marketing of the product and said the term was derogatory.
A PepsiCo Inc unit said on June 17 that it would withdraw Aunt Jemima's name and image and acknowledge that the pancake branding was rooted in a "racist stereotype". Several other companies then said they would review their brands, including Uncle Bens and Cream of Wheat.
PepsiCo also said it would spend more than $ 400 million over five years to support black communities and increase representation of blacks in the company, with initiatives such as increasing the number of black managers and the Buying more from black owned suppliers.
Swedish music streaming company Spotify Technology SA said on June 16 that June 19 will be a paid holiday for its U.S. employees. The date commemorates the reading of President Abraham Lincoln's declaration of emancipation in Texas on June 19, 1865, which ended slavery in the United States.
Jill Soltau, CEO of J.C. Penney Co Inc said in a blog post on June 15 that June 19 would be an annual company holiday.
In a message to its employees on June 12, Mastercard Inc announced that June 19 will be a holiday for its employees and that the day will be called the day of solidarity with Mastercard.
Starbucks Corp said on June 12 that it would allow employees to wear Black Lives Matter t-shirts and lapel pins, undoing the restrictions that Barista's support for the social movement against racism could show.
Apple Inc announced on June 11 that the iPhone maker will increase spending on black-owned suppliers as part of a $ 100 million racial and justice initiative, while Google's YouTube video service will spend $ 100 million on will spend funding on black content creators.
Walmart Inc said on June 10 that it would no longer store "multicultural hair and beauty products" in locked showcases in any of its stores. Critics had said this would suggest that consumers of these products were more likely to shoplift.
NASCAR banned the Confederate flag on all racetracks and events on June 10, stating that the symbol of the white segregationists "runs counter to our commitment to provide an inviting and inclusive environment to all fans."
On June 10, Amazon.com Inc imposed a one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition product, Recognition, which critics say is more likely to misidentify darker-skinned people and is more common in minority communities.
Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter Inc and Square Inc, announced on June 9 that June 19 was a paid holiday for employees of both companies each year.
L'Oreal SA reinstated Munroe Bergdorf on June 9, a British black transgender model that was released in 2017 after calling all whites racist. The French cosmetics company offered Bergdorf a seat on a newly formed British Advisory Council for Diversity and Integration, a role that it assumed.
HBO said on June 9 that it would remove the 1939 Oscar-winning film "Gone with the Wind" from its HBO max streaming service, which was long convicted of its racist portrayals of blacks in Antebellum South.
The Paramount Network, owned by ViacomCBS Inc, said on June 9 that it would put the reality show "Cops" on air after 33 years. Critics say the show glorified police violence.
International Business Machines Corp said on June 8 that it would stop selling or researching facial recognition tools that critics claim were biased against colored people.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on June 5 that the league was "wrong because it had not previously listened to NFL players", an obvious indication of its opposition to players kneeling during the national anthem to oppose police treatment Protesting African Americans, a protest initiated by quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016. "We, the National Football League, believe black lives are important."
Bank of America Corp said on June 2 that it would spend $ 1 billion over four years to address racial and economic inequality.
(Reporting by Greg Mitchell, Uday Sampath, Anurag Maan and Nivedita Balu; editing by David Gregorio, Shounak Dasgupta, Maju Samuel, Bernadette Baum and Paul Simao)
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