On Friday, Camber Outdoors announced the evolution and relaunch of its CEO Pledge to be the CEO Outdoor Equity Pledge. We now understand and fully regret that the language we used failed to respect and acknowledge the myriad ground-breaking efforts in the outdoor industry, especially Teresa Baker’s CEO Diversity Pledge, which launched in July 2018.
We were wrong in the use of the words “first of its kind” and in how we positioned the initiative. We see how deeply it has impacted many people, including Teresa, and how hurtful our words were. That was not our intent. The announcement has been corrected. I have reached out to Teresa to personally extend my apology.
We are and remain committed to an open, respectful, and solution-oriented dialogue while acknowledging that we have much to learn. We have a responsibility to do better, to understand cultural and racial sensitivities and to move forward in a manner that is inclusive.
A sincere thank you to all those who have tirelessly committed to this community.
Executive Director, Camber Outdoors