Cox Automotive Canada’s Black Employee Network (BEN) recently celebrates its successes while reiterating more work remains to be completed during Black History Month and beyond.

According to a company news release, BEN hosted more than 500 team members from Canada, Brazil, England, Europe and the United States for its inaugural event.

Guided by BEN’s three pillars, the event highlighted the employee resource group’s (ERG) achievements thus far. The event program also educated team members on anti-black and systemic racism and inspired everyone to take action toward a more inclusive workplace and society.

“Today I had the honor of opening an event that I hope will inspire more than 500 additional colleagues to stand with us in our effort to continue to combat anti-black and systemic racism within our workplace, industry and communities,” said Maria Soklis, president of Cox Automotive Canada & Brazil.

Hosted by BEN co-chairs Pako Tshiamala and Emiliano Void and featuring insights from local and global leaders from the Cox Automotive family, the inaugural event was part of the organization’s efforts to officially kick off the launch of Cox Automotive Canada’s newest employee resource group, open to all and beginning during Black History Month.

“Our hope is that the spirit of the conversations and actions we are taking will also inspire others within our industry and communities to help drive this much needed change, in their corner of the world,” Soklis said.