Message from the Airport Director
At SFO, we strive for a work culture that is grounded in our Core Values and a workforce that is as diverse and inclusive as our region and the millions of travelers we serve. As we work to support and empower our workforce, the Airport – along with all City departments – is undertaking a comprehensive effort to explicitly advance racial equity in all aspects of our activities, programs and services.
Challenging the status quo is never easy – especially when doing so requires us to look first at ourselves. But, as we embark on this journey toward dismantling structures, behaviors and norms that lead to unequal outcomes, we commit to listening, educating ourselves and examining our own practices so we can be part of long term solutions. That is why I am pleased to present SFO’s first Racial Equity Action Plan (RE Action Plan) to support the prioritization of racial equity in the communities where we work and live.
The purpose of the RE Action Plan is to: 1) assess current conditions in seven key focus areas for all employees, especially for Black, Indigenous and People of Color; 2) identify necessary resources needed to support our efforts to change; and 3) hold ourselves accountable by setting timely, measurable goals and commitments.
The RE Action Plan is being developed in two phases. Phase 1, which began last summer, is primarily internal facing, and includes a thorough review of our history through an equity lens, and addresses our programs, policies and workforce. Phase 2 will focus on procurement, contracting and the delivery of Airport services. To ensure our racial equity efforts are applied across the entire organization, the RE Action Plan will be integrated into our upcoming Strategic Plan.
SFO’s RE Action Plan will be a living, dynamic document. As we learned last summer with the Black Lives Matter movement, uncovering the deep impacts of systemic racism and bias that exist today is an ongoing process. So too, then, must be the process by which we address these issues.
Moving ahead, SFO commits to an unflinching look at our own practices and an open mind to listen, adapt and change. We will reinforce this commitment by developing a new Core Value that speaks to our shared responsibility to lift up our diverse team members and underserved communities. I’d like to thank SFO’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for spearheading the development of this plan, along with all the employees who participated in the effort.
Onward and Upward.