Petco has joined forces with more than 1,000 companies in the Time to Vote movement to “foster a corporate culture that support that supports voting.” Time to Vote, a business-led, non-partisan initiative, aims to increase voter participation in the U.S. elections by asking the business community to commit to making accommodations for employees to vote in the 2020 General Election.
As such, Petco will provide all employees, both salaried and hourly, up to three hours paid time off to vote on Nov. 3, officials said in a statement. Additionally, to give partners more flexibility, the company has designated Nov. 3 as a meeting-free day, officials added.
“We are committed to ensuring our partners have the time, flexibility and resources to vote and ensure their voices are heard this November,” said Ron Coughlin, CEO of the San Diego-based company. “Exercising our constitutional right to vote and have a say on issues that matter is one of the most powerful forms of inclusion we have in America. As a company dedicated to improving lives, we’re committed to fostering a culture that enables voter participation. We’re proud to join Time to Vote and hope to see more businesses join the movement ahead of the presidential election.”
In addition to signing the Time to Vote pledge, Petco is providing its partners with resources and information on how to register to vote in their home state, how to find their nearest polling locations and how to cast their ballot safely given the pandemic, officials said.
“As an employer, we’re proud to support all our partners in exercising their right to vote and encourage their participation in the process,” said Michelle Bonfilio, chief human resources officer at Petco. “I’m proud Petco is joining this important movement, since removing barriers to voting is an issue that affects all of us, and also one where we, as an employer, have the power to drive a meaningful cultural shift.”
Voter turnout in the United States is one of the lowest in the developed world, officials said. One of the most common reasons people give for not voting is that they are too busy with the demands of work and life, officials added.
“According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 53 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the 2018 midterm elections,” officials said. “This year, the Time to Vote movement aims to more than double in size and contribute to an increase in voter participation.”
Time to Vote was founded by Levi Strauss & Co., Patagonia and PayPal ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, when 411 companies representing all 50 states and a variety of industries joined.
Businesses interested in joining the Time to Vote movement can click here for more info.