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OUR COMMITMENT TO RACIAL EQUITY
To our Bloomist Community
In honor of Black History Month, we would like to take this opportunity
to reaffirm our ongoing commitment to diversity and equity. We continue to assess
our goals, and know we’ve fallen short in a few of those, such as further diversifying
our mix of employees, makers, and partners around the world. In order to have a true
assessment of our vendor community we initiated a comprehensive survey. We have made
great strides in identifying our vendor profiles through this process and hope to
complete the first round assessment this spring in order to set clear and tangible
goals for improvement and measure our progress in upholding our Fifteen Percent
Commitment. We look forward to continually revisiting our commitments and
updating you all on our progress.
As always, we welcome your comments and questions.
OUR WORK IN PROGRESS
Bloomist remains part of the Fifteen
Percent Pledge and we are halfway through completing our Supplier Diversity
survey to develop clear and measurable goals to support this commitment.
We have held workshops with our team where we engaged in dialogue, collective
learning, and individual reflections on how structural racism shows up
in the design field at large. We realize the work here has just begun
and commit to continuing this conversation and co-creating our
Racial Equity strategy with the guidance from our Design Strategist
Andrea Miranda Salas.
In order to better prioritize collections from BIPOC makers we needed a
long-term strategy. With the guidance from our Design Strategist Andrea Miranda Salas
we approached setting about our Brand’s Racial Equity strategy by co-creating it with our entire
team. That’s right, everyone on our team will be contributing and shaping our strategy!
Our company strives to create a culturally and racially
diverse mix of employees, makers, and partners around the world, but we
know we can do more. While our team of 11 is culturally and ethnically
diverse we could be a more racially varied group. We still have a UX Design
internship open where we are prioritizing hiring talent that identify as Black.
We recognize how systemic racism plays out in business and within the design sector at large. We will continue to use our platforms to help elevate, celebrate, and amplify our makers’ and collaborators' work through our emails, website and in our elevated journal stories.
This February we are featuring the inspiring work of four farms who are
fighting against food inequity. As of May, 2021 approximately 17.1 million
people live in food deserts and disproportionately affect communities
with high African American and Latinx populations. Rise & Root Farm,
The Ron Finley Project, Soul Fire Farm,
and Planting Justice each tackle the
issue of food insecurity through education and involvement with their local
community. Please take time to read about their missions and hope you
consider donating to their causes if you are able.
We want to continue to grow our partnerships with Black
led businesses.From previous product introduction, such as papier maché
from Caribbean Craft, handmade ceramics from Tracie Hervy, natural candles from Bright Black Candles and
Peacesake Candles, we have established long term relationships. We
will continue to seek out partnerships and expand our BIPOC maker community.
Below is our ever-growing list of BIPOC makers, designers, influencers, plant
experts and Black brands we admire and highly encourage you to visit
and support. We will continue to keep this list current and add more
talent as we discover them. Shop Black resources below
Each of us plays a different role to bring about change, from donating, listening, protesting,
learning and unlearning, and sharing, to calling on our representatives to demand reform. We
believe that by working together we can help make a big impact.
We support the #BUYBLACK initiative and have curated an ever-growing list of favorite
Black creatives and resources below. We will continue to build on this list. Please follow
these creators on Instagram. Share, comment, and like their posts, and most importantly
support them by buying their products or services wherever and whenever you can.