Here are a few of the next steps that we are committing to today. We recognize that this work will be ongoing and plan to hold ourselves accountable. We will give you an update of our objectives and accomplishments six months from now and welcome your thoughts and suggestions.
We have chosen to support a small, local grassroots organization dedicated to building a movement against police violence and systemic racism in New York City with financial contributions to Justice Committee. We also recommend donations to national organizations actively working to combat racial injustice and protect civil rights: Blacklivesmatter.com, (@blklivesmatter), naacpldf.org (@naacp_ldf), aclu.org (@aclu_nationwide), colorofchange.org (@colorofchange), The Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter), Innocenceproject.org (@innocenceproject)
Our company strives to create a culturally and racially diverse mix of employees, makers, and partners around the world, but we think we can do more. We will prioritize developing collections with Black and Brown creatives and makers and we will continue to consciously work toward building a more diverse body of influencers and collaborators.
While our team of eleven is culturally and ethnically diverse, we don’t feel that our staff is as racially diverse as it could be; we will be opening up more paid internship positions in the near future and will prioritize hiring BIPOC for those openings.
We are committed to actionable ways to create an anti-racist culture, starting with our own workplace. We will share our detailed strategy for this as we make progress and share our accomplishments in our next update.
Some of our recommended resources are:
Be More America
People Institute for Survival and Beyond
The Great Unlearn
Additionally, we will use our platforms to help elevate and celebrate the work of Black creatives, designers, collaborators, makers, and those who inspire us.
We applaud and support our industry’s initiatives to help right the in-balance of opportunities for black designers and makers like the new Black Interior Designers Network fundraising campaign and Shoppe Object’s initiative in support of black makers.
There is a different role for each of us to play individually in helping bring about change; from protesting, donating, listening, learning and unlearning, and sharing, to calling our representatives to demand reform.
We believe in the power of voting and will share information to help educate ourselves on all political candidates, up and down the ballot. While federal elections are important, we believe that local and state positions are where equitable policy begins.
Small steps, working together to help create big impact.