(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, Robert Cresanti, IFA President & CEO, released the following statement:
"The International Franchise Association condemns in the strongest terms the harassment and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders that has recently escalated, including the most recent atrocities in Atlanta. IFA and the franchising community stand in solidarity with our Asian American and Pacific Islander members, partners, and allies.
"With nearly 31 percent of franchises owned by minorities, 12 percent of which are owned by the AAPI community, we strongly believe the time is now for the franchise sector to stand as one and declare together that discrimination, bigotry, and violence against any fellow human being is wrong and will not be tolerated."
The International Franchise Association is the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations, and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising and the more than 733,000 franchise establishments that support nearly 7.6 million direct jobs, $674.3 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy, and 2.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees, and companies that support the industry in marketing, law, technology, and business development.