A statement on recent events from Bharat Masrani, President & CEO, TD Bank Group

The events of the last few weeks are the latest, but by no means the only, examples of racism and violence against Black communities. The events have been difficult to watch. However, the suffering they represent is the reality of life for millions across the communities we serve. At a time when we are all fighting COVID-19, we must remember that racism too must be eradicated.

So many TD colleagues and customers have been directly impacted. Their pain is real, and their heartbreak is deep. Now, action must follow. As a society we must have zero-tolerance for racism of any kind, in any form. This responsibility belongs to all of us.

Together, we must work even harder and with a greater sense of urgency to eliminate the anti-Black racism at the root of what we are seeing and take the steps needed to create a safer and more inclusive tomorrow. Our purpose has always guided our long-standing diversity and inclusion efforts – and the current situation motivates us to extend our work and our contribution even further. At TD, we are committed to this effort.