OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

November 03, 2020

OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Earlier this year, we announced Thousand's commitments and progress toward increasing our company's diversity, now and in the future.  

We know that we can't end systemic racism in a day, and this is just the first step in a long journey. We're committed to doing the work and taking that journey day by day, sharing our ongoing progress with you all. 

Here are the commitments we made, and some updates on what we've done over the past few months.


DONATION MATCHING 

We committed to matching 100% of our team's donations to racial justice organizations. Through our donation matching initiative, we donated $2000 to organizations like Equal Justice Initiative and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Moving forward, Thousand is expanding our Thousand Gives donation program. Every year, we give $1000 to each of our employees to donate to the organization of their choice. In the past, these donations have been focused on sustainability initiatives through our partnership with 1% for the Planet. From now on, we'll open the Thousand Gives benefitting organizations to include diversity and equity-focused non-profits, in addition to sustainability causes.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION (DEI) TRAINING

We hosted a 6-week book club focused on the book Stamped by Ibram X. Kendi, with Thousand providing the book to any team members who requested. 

We also invested in continued DEI training and education for our entire team. We enrolled in Brit Barron's online course, Understanding Racism 101, with mandatory participation for all team members.  

We continue to participate in all-team sessions to examine the history of racism; to discuss lessons learned about system racism; and to create tactical action plans to incorporate anti-racism into our personal and professional lives.

COMPANY DEI AUDIT

We're continuing to assess how Thousand should incorporate DEI into our corporate structure by doing a DEI audit of our business, which will help us understand where we need to improve and what we can do.
Moving forward, we're continuing to assess how we can implement policies that increase diversity into the structure of our business.

COMPANY POLICIES

We've updated our hiring policy to stipulate that we won't move into the final selection process until we have at least one candidate from a diverse background as one of our top 3 finalists.


As of this year, we've also made Juneteenth (June 19th) an official paid holiday for Thousand, in order to give our team the time and space to reflect upon and learn more about America's past and how to be more actively anti-racist moving forward.

Moving forward, we're continuing to assess how we can implement policies that increase diversity into the structure of our business.

WEBSITE UPDATE

We committed to reevaluating our website to more accurately reflect our values and more information on our DEI progress. This blog post is just the first step in that direction. Keep an eye out in early 2021 for our page outlining our values, our commitment to them, and our ongoing journey to work towards them.

Thank you for joining us on our journey and keeping us accountable for positive change. 


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