Good morning, it’s Monday, June 1.
Here’s what you need to know to start your morning.
Now, before I dive into corporate America’s response to the killing of George Floyd and the protests and riots that have happened, here’s a quick coronavirus update.
There are over 6.1 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 372,000 deaths. The U.S. has over 1.7 million cases and over 104,000 deaths.
As protestors take their voices to the streets, TheStreet's Katherine Ross did a Wall Street check-in and see what companies have used their platforms to speak out following the killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Here are some of the companies that have spoken out so far.
On May 29, both Target CEO Brian Cornell and Walmart CEO Doug McMillon put out statements talking about the inclusivity of their companies and how they’ll monitor and prioritize the safety of their employees.
Twitter tweeted about allyship and changed their main Twitter handle bio to say #BlackLivesMatter.
Amazon put out a statement. Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted that Google and YouTubes homepages would show support for racial equality.
Nike put out an ad saying “For once, don’t do it.” Which said, “don’t turn your back on racism.” Competitor Adidas retweeted the ad.
Cardinal Health in a statement on Twitter said, “George Floyd’s death never should have happened.”
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Brad Smith have spoken out.
Bank of America tweeted that it stands with its partners in Minneapolis-St. Paul on inclusion, peace.
We’ve also heard from Lowe’s CEO Marvin Ellison, Intel, Disney, and ViacomCBS and EA postponed its celebration of Madden NFL 21.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon and BlackRock CEO Larry Fink have all spoken out as of this morning.
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