Our Journey Toward Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Our Journey Toward Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We stand against all forms of racism and believe Black lives matter. We have listened and learned from members of our team, both past and present, as well as our ban.do community. It is apparent that we have work to do to accurately reflect the values of our ban.do community and employees.
From this moment forward, we, a small group of passionate employees and leadership, are committing to radical change in support of BIPOC and the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement. Company-wide change that will permeate our brand and culture and will include every aspect of our business: the employees and future leaders we hire, the vendors we work with, the brands we partner with and the artists, creatives and models we spotlight.
We have already taken the following steps, and there are many more to come.
This will be an ever-evolving document and we will continue to add to it as we move forward and learn.
We are committed to ensuring our brand and workplace embody the values of joy, positivity, inclusiveness, diversity, and racial equality
SEPTEMBER 10, 2020
Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Education - We have had both group training and 1-1 coaching sessions with leaders in diversity education and social unity, our team has grown in our knowledge through the teachings of: Adriele Parker, Pamela Gray Daniel and Gayle Green. We plan to continue with a minimum of one training per month as we move forward. We have created a diversity media library accessible to all employees.
Artists, Partners and Creative Contributors - We recently hosted an open call to BIPOC artists through our social media and email outreach. Our Director of Product Design, Daniela Jordan-Villaveces shared her story as an immigrant and artist through an Instagram and email message. We received hundreds of submissions and are pleased to announce that for the upcoming 2021-2022 Planner season we will achieve a greater than 50% contribution from BIPOC artists. We will continue to host open calls for talented artists and creators as we develop products, art and marketing.
Instagram Takeover Series - We are grateful to have a platform to showcase and highlight incredible women from the BIPOC community. We are committed to turning over our platform several times per month and provide exposure to the exciting work these women are doing. Guests include: Dr. Janice Gassam, Jade Gedeon, Taylor Elise Morrison, Daniela Jordan-Villaveces, Pamela Gray Daniel and Monet Bush. This is an ongoing series that will be shared on Instagram, Facebook and across our other platforms, including our monthly digital newsletter.
Financial commitment to the Loveland Foundation - We have committed $100,000 as well as 15% of our ongoing proceeds from sales on bando.com to support this incredible organization, the Loveland Foundation, that brings mental health resources and services directly to underserved black women and children.
Diversity in photography, model selection and photoshoot production - We are continuing to reflect diversity in our outward facing model selection and have a plan in place for several upcoming photoshoots that also reflects a diverse group of behind the camera talents including: photographers, stylists, art directors and photo production staff.
Diversity in outside vendors, services, business partners and collaborators - We know we cannot do it alone and realize our network of partners can embrace the commitment to diversity and representation that is a reflection of our community. We have reached out to share our learnings, set expectations and engage new partners to support these efforts
We realize that this is just the beginning and our small team and we are committed to full transparency in our efforts to create a company that reflects the positive values of bando. Action is certainly more powerful than words and you can feel confident that every single day we are making this a priority. We will continue to provide updates and look forward to sharing our progress. ban.do’s message of positivity, joy, and emotional well-being has not wavered. We believe in those things more than ever and have designed our products with great intention to deliver on this message.
We want to thank you for your support of ban.do, and for taking time to review our progress.
JUNE 12, 2020
Donating: We will use our financial resources to support the Black community.
ban.do is pledging a donation of $100K to The Loveland Foundation, an organization focused on efforts to bring opportunity and healing to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls, through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more.
ban.do is committing to donating 15% of net proceeds on all sales of ban.do products on bando.com and uk.bando.com for one full year to The Loveland Foundation.
An investment in education: We want to continue to learn and grow in our understanding of institutional and structural racism. We’ll be bringing in diversity coaches to help both the team and leadership navigate our blind spots and hold sessions on internal diversity and inclusion. We commit to creating safe spaces for team members to speak out about diversity and race in our workplace. We’ll also be creating a library of resources to continue our ongoing education.
Diversity on our team & leadership: We’ll be preparing for future roles on our team by creating and implementing intentional hiring practices that welcome BIPOC applicants to ban.do. Our company culture will be carefully assessed to ensure an encouraging and welcoming environment for any new hire.
A greater perspective: We pledge to diversify our roster of freelance photographers, artists, social partners, and event partners, welcoming a wider range of perspectives into our art direction, our products, our space, and our social channels.
A focus on our vendors: We commit to evaluate our partnerships with all vendors, from brands sold on bando.com to artists and creative contributors, and partner with more Black-owned businesses and vendors immediately.
Our plan for photography: We will commit to authentic representation on our site and social feeds by hiring and featuring Black and brown models and content creators of all shapes, backgrounds and sizes.
Use our platform: We promise to amplify Black voices, art, and resources wherever we can. We will listen, learn, and lean on our community for accountability.
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