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Illustration by Michelle Robinson // Instagram: @mister_michelle

We at Mangrove stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter in the struggle against systemic racism and injustice.

As a purpose-driven company and B Corp, it’s important that we do everything we can to understand how we as individuals and as a company perpetuate systemic injustice.

We have been deeply listening, exploring, and planning actionable next steps. At the present moment, we are sharing the more immediate actions we have either taken or plan to take in order to hold ourselves accountable. This list is by no means complete, and we will continue to reassess the steps that need to be taken to be better allies and business leaders.

Action steps we have already taken or are in the process of implementing:

We have:

  • Paused our regular social media to take the time to amplify the voices of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) and organizations working toward racial justice.
  • Participated as a founding signatory of https://wethechange.net/black-lives-matter.
  • Donated to organizations on the ground supporting Black-led organizations and protestors, including: Black Girls Code, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, We the Protest, City Joy, Hack the Hood, Black Lives Matter.

We continue to:

We plan to:

  • Make Juneteenth a company-wide day of reflection, celebration, and rest from 2020 onward.
    • Match donations during the week of Juneteenth to Black-owned businesses and organizations.
    • Reimburse any team members for company-sponsored meals on Juneteenth from a Black-owned business.
  • Clarify how our company is fighting systemic oppression within our team, organization, and society.
  • Engage in ongoing DEI (Diversity Equity and Inclusion) training for both our leadership and extended team. We are committing to selecting a company-wide DEI training series by August 2020.
  • Revisit and revise our DEI (Diversity Equity and Inclusion) statement by September 2020. Engage our contractors within this process and compensate them for their time and thoughts.
  • Address the lack of diversity in our own industry specifically by supporting and amplifying organizations in tech that educate and/or support historically marginalized groups in the tech industry. A list of organizations we’ve identified to watch and support are outlined here: Black Voices in Tech and Design.

These are small steps on a long walk, and we will keep moving in the direction of progress and toward justice.

– the Mangrove Web Team