» Cox Automotive Canada’s Black Employee Network (BEN) Hosts Global Inaugural Event to Combat Anti-Black and Systemic Racism

Cox Automotive Canada’s Black Employee Network (BEN) Hosts Global Inaugural Event to Combat Anti-Black and Systemic Racism

Mississauga, ON – February 9, 2021 — Cox Automotive Canada’s Black Employee Network (BEN) hosted more than 500 team members from Canada, Brazil, England, Europe and the United States for its inaugural event yesterday. Guided by BEN’s three pillars, the event celebrated the employee resource group’s (ERG) achievements thus far, educated team members on anti-black and systemic racism and inspired everyone to take action towards a more inclusive workplace and society.

“Today I had the honour 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, 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” added Soklis.

About the Black Employee Network (BEN)

Inspired by the organization’s Women With Drive (WWD) ERG and developed early last year, the Black Employee Network is a Cox Automotive Canada ERG for any team member interested in better understanding and combatting anti-black and systemic racism. Through its three pillars of Education, Celebration and Inspiration, BEN will provide a safe and positive environment to discuss ideas and thoughts around inclusion and equality, and to play an active role in creating a better and more inclusive workplace and society for future generations. With its structure and goals now in place, more than 50 team members are already contributing to BEN’s efforts with several initiatives launching in the coming months. While Cox Automotive Canada is extremely proud of these efforts, the organization and its leaders realize that there is still much to be done where it relates to overall inclusivity, and encourages all Canadians to drive positive change in their own way, however big or small.


About Cox Automotive Canada

Cox Automotive is transforming the way the world buys, sells, owns and uses cars with industry-leading digital marketing, software, financial, wholesale and e-commerce solutions for consumers, dealers, manufacturers and the overall automotive ecosystem worldwide. In Canada, the Cox Automotive family includes Clutch®, Dealertrack®, Dealer.com®, HomeNet®, Kelley Blue Book®, Manheim®, Modix®, NextGear Capital®, Ready Logistics®, RMS Automotive®, vAuto®, VinSolutions® and Xtime®, along with a host of other brands in other countries. The global company has 34,000 team members in more than 220 locations and is a partner to more than 50,000 auto dealers, as well as most major automobile manufacturers. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of 120-year-old Cox Enterprises, Inc., and serving the automotive industry since 1926, which has revenues exceeding $20 billion and approximately 55,000 employees. Cox Enterprises’ other major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications and Cox Media Group. For more information about Cox Automotive Canada, visit coxautoinc.ca.

For media inquiries or more information, please contact:

Mark James, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications & Public Relations, Cox Automotive Canada

mark.james@coxautoinc.com | 647-522-8377

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