In addition to celebrating and educating about ancient Egyptian culture, one of my main goals when I started RA was to create a platform in the best way I knew how, through formulating excellent skincare products, to empower and lift up underserved communities and people of color. From the very beginning, I have searched specifically for suppliers with strong social justice initiatives, that value and fairly compensate their workers and that are owned or run by black, indigenous and people of color. I’m proud to say I now have ethical suppliers across the African continent, in Uganda, Sudan, Mauritania and Ghana, and have been in discussions about collaborating with BIPOC-owned businesses here in the states.
As part of the #PullUpOrShutUp challenge for beauty companies to reveal their staff diversity, I would like to share with you the leadership positions at RA filled by people of color. There will always be people of color in executive and leadership positions at RA Egyptian, because this company is not just for me but for all BIPOC as well. I’ve had a profit share arrangement in the works since before these recent tragic events, and all of the BIPOC currently working for RA were in their positions, or being interviewed, before the protests began. BIPOC fill the positions of:
- Marketing Director
- Communications Strategist
- Product Photographer
- Production Assistant
As of this writing, people of color comprise 80% of the leadership positions at RA, and this is just the beginning. As we continue to expand, RA will be used as a platform to ensure BIPOC are not only not left behind but will always be seated at the table. Our diverse staff will continue to grow, and BIPOC communities will remain at the top of our list of business-to-business partnerships and social initiatives as RA Egyptian brings the magic of ancient Egypt into your daily beauty rituals.
Black Lives Matter.
Dean Harrison, Founder/CEO