PRESENTING: A memo from a Massachusetts company on the killing of George Floyd is a case study in how leaders should address race with their employees

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PRESENTING: A memo from a Massachusetts company on the killing of George Floyd is a case study in how leaders should address race with their employees
Boston Scientific CEO Michael Mahoney.CNBC / Getty Images

Last week, Boston Scientific sent an open letter to its employees. In a statement signed by executive committee members, the medical-device-manufacturing firm denounced the actions of a white police officer in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Boston Scientific isn't the first company to try to address issues like police violence and racism in the wake of a series of deaths of African Americans involving police. But the company's efforts were unusually effective. The letter is a case study in how to broach sensitive cultural issues in a workplace context.

In the letter, the CEO of Boston Scientific, Michael Mahoney, writes that the team is standing in solidarity with black colleagues. The company urged colleagues to take time to process their feelings and also challenge incidents of racial discrimination in the workplace.

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A memo from a Massachusetts company on the killing of George Floyd is a case study in how leaders should address race and the events in Minnesota with their employees

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