Black Lives Matter. For Kanopi, this isn’t under debate. We support our friends, colleagues, neighbors, and fellow citizens of color in the United States and around the globe who have experienced, struggled with, or died from police brutality and/or systemic racism in all its forms.
We are committed to doing better as a company. We will not always get things right, but we’re always willing to own it, apologize, discuss, and learn from our mistakes. We are working to educate ourselves on being better allies, and the ways we can help dismantle systems of oppression inside and outside of our industry. We want to help, and to be part of the solution.
While we pride ourselves on being women-owned, largely women-run, and having a high percentage of female employees, we are not as racially or culturally diverse as we would like to be, and that’s on us. Our inclusivity statement calls out a need to hire more people of color, individuals who identify within and beyond the LGBTQ+ spectrum, women, and people with disabilities into our ranks — moving forward, we commit to doubling down on our efforts.
We work to practice what we preach daily by giving our employees extra space to process and discuss what’s going on in the world outside our virtual walls, talk about ways they can support and help to stop injustice, and have flexibility in their schedules to rest, and to take time to protest, advocate, and vote.
To put our money where our mouth is, we’ve donated to the Equal Justice Initiative supporting their mission to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality. Specific to our beloved tech community, we’ve also donated to Black Girls Code to support increasing the number of women of color working to become innovators in the tech space.
Let’s all work towards a more peaceful and inclusive world.