The CEOs of Omnicom and Interpublic urged their teams to think about the best ways to effect societal change in the wake of the recent mass shootings in Uvalde, TX, and Buffalo, NY, reports MediaPost.
According to MediaPost, Publicis Groupe executives in the U.S. also reached out to staff to convey support, condemn acts of violence and reinforce the company’s ethos that hate has no place at the company.
“Senseless mass shootings and gun violence must end so that we and our families can go about our daily activities without fear of harm,” Omnicom CEO John Wren told employees in a memo issued after the killings in Uvalde.
“Omnicom condemns these acts of violence and supports common sense gun legislation. I urge you to consider your role in driving change needed to stop gun violence. We each have a responsibility to act through our words, actions and votes in the manner we see fit to prevent these acts.”
MediaPost added that IPG CEO Phillippe Krakowsky noted that “the horrific events in Uvalde and Buffalo occurred two years after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of police, and the commitments then made across the company to address racial injustice and to create more inclusive communities. (Other Adland firms made similar commitments.)”