An Open Letter from President and CEO Rob Tiede
To all Sonoco Customers, Shareholders, Employees, Stakeholders and the Communities We Serve:
You may be aware by now of a terrible incident involving the actions of one our employees outside of the workplace. The well-documented incident, which involves activities at a neighborhood pool over the 4th of July, in no way reflects the core values of our Company. To that end, effective immediately, the employee involved in this incident is no longer employed by the Company in any respect.
Our guiding principle at Sonoco states, “People build businesses by doing the right thing.” As an organization built on this foundational belief, combined with our stated core values of dignity and respect for all, we do not condone discrimination of any kind.
We have worked extremely hard for 119 years to create a culture of diversity, inclusion and unity. And with more than 20,000 teammates across the globe of all races, religions, colors and creeds, we value the diverse experiences and perspectives our teammates bring to our company, which make us better each and every day. And we will not tolerate any action that harms this powerful tapestry of diversity that makes us who we are as a Company.
We extend our sincerest apologies to all who have been rightfully upset and directly impacted by this unacceptable incident, especially Ms. Edwards and her family.
With a collective purpose of Better Packaging, Better Life, any behavior that makes another human being feel less than, most certainly does not align with working to create a better life for others.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience as we navigate this unfortunate and difficult situation.
Robert C. Tiede
President and CEO