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Standing Up for What’s Right

A message from Brian Humphries to Cognizant associates


Like you, I’m saddened by the escalating unrest in the United States. Scores of cities across the country have experienced sustained protests, some violent, in response to the latest in a series of injustices against people of color. These injustices come on top of the ingrained social inequities that have made people of color most vulnerable to COVID-19.

We can all agree that responding to violence with violence is wrong. At the same time, I believe we all have an urgent responsibility to do our part to help evolve society to become more tolerant and respectful of people’s differences and more accepting of our shared humanity. 

There’s an expression in the U.S. about ‘‘walking and talking our truth.”  For me that means, in part, writing to you about my belief that each of us has a role to play in advocating for peace, equality, and justice. All of us with the power to do something to lift the world have an obligation to do so. 

When it comes to walking the truth, the leadership team and I will continue to elevate and advocate for diversity and inclusion at Cognizant and ensure that our culture makes all of you feel welcomed, recognized, included, and valued. 

We all know diversity makes us stronger—both as teams and as a company. Diversity strengthens our company’s ability to innovate and connect with and understand our clients around the world. It’s also the right thing to do for all of you, our associates, for our clients, and for the success of our business. 

June, as you may know, is Pride Month, a global celebration of gender diversity. Through our activities and observances, we at Cognizant also come together to honor the dignity and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) people. In celebration of Pride Month, I’ve written a LinkedIn post that you can find here

When we stand up for what’s right, our impact on the world can be considerable. Thank you for everything you’re doing for our clients, communities, and one another.

Please stay safe. 

Brian Humphries
Chief Executive Officer