At Ingage, our existence as a business is driven by our vision to be a thriving example of business for good so to inspire others to think differently, thereby growing our collective impact on the world. Over Ingage’s 10-year history, there has been no other time as important as today to inspire others to think differently and grow our collective impact on the world. Our communities are suffering from injustice, inequality, and racism that leads to economic disparity, violence, poverty, disease, and crime disproportionately impacting people of color. Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, David McAtee, and Christian Cooper represent a small portion of the people suffering, hurting or murdered by the actions and inactions of many. The overt offenses of individuals are more visible in our society. We can see a video that puts on display police brutality. We can hear when someone uses a racial slur. But, subtle offenses are harder to recognize. It happens when we are afraid to speak up about an injustice in the workplace. It happens when we dismiss the necessity for self-reflection about our own bias. It happens when we decide it is too much risk to stand up for someone who may need a chance. It happens when we fail to educate ourselves on the issues. However just as a ripple makes waves, our inaction and subtle offenses create the same catastrophe. All of us at Ingage chose to work here because of what the company stands for. While we recognize that we don’t have all the answers or know exactly how to make a difference, we are sure that being the change we want to see in the world takes bold action. As an executive team, as leaders, as a company, we commit to taking the following steps today in an effort to make a difference in our community tomorrow:
- Participate in an employee challenge to build awareness and understanding of structural racism and provide a collective space for individual learning to be shared.
- Facilitate regular employee conversations about structural racism and marginalized groups.
- Expand economic opportunities for people of color and the socio-economically disadvantaged in our community and evaluate our own compensation and promotion practices to ensure equality exists.
- Expand our community donation match program to increase company funding for employees supporting organizations specific to racial equity, social justice and services supporting people of color.