What is Black History Month?
Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, is observed every February and celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made to American History. Respect and recognition of their struggle for freedom and equality deepens our understanding of our Nation’s true history.
Author, Journalist, and Historian, Carter G. Woodson, believed that equality was only possible with the acknowledgement and understanding of a race’s history. Black History is American History, and with so many stories and accomplishments being left out of the history books, it is important to take the time to educate ourselves on how we got here.
Why is it important to recognize and celebrate Black History Month?
The Shippers Group is committed to being the most diverse and inclusive 3PL partner, because we know that with our differences comes strength, empowerment, and greater performance. We build our teams and cultivate leaders based on these principles so that, together, we can drive innovation and company growth, and create change that positively impacts our associates, partners, and the communities we serve.
In doing so, we strive to recognize and honor all associates, every day. Black History Month gives us extra visibility and focus on diverse shared spaces and creating a more inclusive workplace. This month not only promotes diversity but celebrates it. When we celebrate one another, we realize how our differences bring us together.
We took this month as time to educate our associates on important history and to support our communities. While catering from local Black-owned businesses, The Shippers Group put together some trivia, where all associates could learn about historical African Americans and their accomplishments and pivotal roles.
While focusing on the history of this month is important, it is also important to focus on the present and how to encourage positive change all year round. Our leadership remains engaged in participating in educational training and discussions on ways to improve decision making, develop new strategies for recruiting and retaining diverse talent, and better leverage the strength of our current diverse teams.
“Diversity and Inclusion are a driving force for us here at The Shippers Group. We are intentional in making sure every opportunity has a diverse pool in our hiring, and also that we are fostering an equitable environment for all associates to advance. We are committed to ensuring our associates are set up for growth through mentoring and leadership training programs, so that no matter their background, they have equal opportunity for advancements within the company and are equipped with the skills needed to succeed in their future roles.
I oversee these efforts personally, as I believe the more diverse perspectives we bring to the table, the more successful we will be a as a team and as a company. I strive each day to cultivate a culture where associates are respected, valued, and feel a sense of belongingness. Celebrating cultural moments like Black History Month is important in bringing our associates together and making our workplace more inclusive. Thank you to our diverse group of associates for enriching our culture here at The Shippers Group. We celebrate you this month as it is your history and differences that make us better and stronger as a team and as a company.”
– Rob Doyle, President
The Shippers Group is a leading national third-party logistics company headquartered in Dallas, Texas with distribution facilities in Texas, Georgia, California, Florida, and Virginia totaling 13 locations and over 5.5 million square feet of space. In addition to warehousing and transportation services, the company provides contract packaging and e-commerce fulfillment to the food, consumer goods and automotive industries. The Shippers Group was founded in 1901 and today employs over 1,500 associates nationwide.