Black Lives Matter: Statements from the industry
In response to the murder of George Floyd, outdoor leaders have released statements condemning racial injustice and institutional violence against the Black community in the United States. Here's a running list.
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As outdoor leaders begin to speak out against racial injustice in the United States—once again brought to light by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis—OBJ is collecting their statements in one place.
Our list currently includes the following voices: Access Fund, American Alpine Club, American Hiking Society, Arc’teryx, Backcountry, Brown Girls Climb, BUFF, Camber Outdoors, Clif Bar, Columbia, Climbing Wall Association, Cotopaxi, Eddie Bauer, Granite Gear, HOKA ONE ONE, Ibex, JAM Collective, Kaya, Machines for Freedom, Mammut, Merrell, Moosejaw, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Mountain Hardwear, Organic Climbing, Orvis, Osprey, Outdoor Afro, Outdoor Industry Association, Outdoor Research, Outside PR, Pactimo, Parks Project, Patagonia, Peak Design, prAna, Press Forward PR, Rapha, REI, She Explores, Smartwool, Snowsports Industries America, Tension Climbing, The North Face, Thousand, Timberland, Title Nine, Tracksmith, Vasque, and Velocio Apparel. Links to their words have been organized alphabetically below.
[Editors’ note: We acknowledge that, while some of these statements contain promises of action, not all of them do so. As Color Outside founder Nailah Blades has written, “It’s not enough to say the right words in a social post if you’re not also doing the work internally as a company.” We encourage everyone to keep that in mind.]
American Alpine Club
American Hiking Society
Brown Girls Climb
Climbing Wall Association
HOKA ONE ONE
Kaya has released a statement on its website.
Machines for Freedom
Merrell also released a follow-up statement laying out a plan for action.
Mountain Equipment Co-op
Mountain Hardwear has released a set of principles for supporting “change from within” here.
Outdoor Industry Association
OIA has outlined concrete steps it will take here.
Peak Design has released a full campaign called Say Something Give Anything. Details can be found here.
Press Forward PR
Snowsports Industries America
SIA released an anti-racism statement on its website.