Ingredient’s Commitment to Equity and Inclusion
Systemic racism permeates our society. Its invisible hand influences even the behavior of people who would never consider themselves overtly racist — those of us who believe in the ideals of equality to our core. We as a society — individuals, governments, corporations, institutions — must come to terms with the impact of hundreds of years of privilege for some that has come at the expense of others. Until we do, we cannot truly say we've moved past the sordid history of racial oppression in our country.
There are some among us — primarily Black, Indigenous, and people of color — who have been saying this all along. And truly, some of us heard those words. But we did not know them to be true until recently. True enough to spur us into action. They have waited long enough. It’s time to start making real, lasting efforts to change our society so that everyone of any background or life experience can achieve true equality. Not just under the law, but also of opportunity.
Acknowledging this and changing our behavior at Ingredient cannot, by itself, amount to the scale of change required to make this happen. We hope that our efforts will be a part of millions more like them and that together we can right the wrongs we have inherited and, for far too long, ignored.
The following is a starting point. We’re not going to treat this like a singular event that can be fixed with a moment’s attention. We’ll make these efforts part of our corporate DNA and continually examine how we’re doing in order to do it better in the future.
Employment and Hiring
Ingredient is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive workplace by:
- Actively recruiting employees from underrepresented or marginalized communities — BIPOC, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities.
- Continually examining and improving our hiring efforts by providing ongoing equity and inclusion training for ourselves and our staff.
- Reviewing the language we use in our employee communications, handbooks, etc. to ensure inclusivity.
- Identifying, promoting, and supporting employee efforts to participate in professional organizations that focus on supporting BIPOC, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and other marginalized communities.
- Encouraging courageous conversations with and amongst our staff about how we can improve our efforts.
We will continually examine our business practices to ensure that they align with our values, including:
- Seeking out suppliers who are BIPOC, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, or other marginalized communities.
- Seeking out clients who share our equity and inclusion values — and being willing to end relationships with those who do not.
- Seeking out and partnering with companies and organizations from underrepresented communities on collaborative business opportunities.
Volunteering and Financial Donations
We are committed to providing for the immediate needs of our communities while working diligently to address the systemic disparities that are their root cause by:
- Donating to organizations committed to ending systemic discrimination and biases.
- Choosing a pro bono partner each year that supports this mission and providing our expertise and services at no cost.
- Providing a matching grant of up to $500 and up to 40 work hours each year to every employee who wants to support an organization dedicated to this mission.
Ingredient will develop a scorecard for each of the above commitments so that we can measure our efforts and report to our stakeholders semiannually.