Below is an article originally written by Nick Zinzan, Head of Responsible Business at PowerToFly Partner Kin + Carta, and published on January 31, 2020. Go to Kin + Carta's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.
Over the past 12 months, Kin + Carta and its specialisms have started the journey to becoming a true triple bottom line business, a "B-Corp" with a focus on people and planet as well as profit. This means ensuring we treat all of our current and prospective employees fairly and equitably, providing opportunities for development and progression wherever possible, whilst also increasing our engagement with our local communities and considering how to reduce our environmental footprint. In addition, it means we are starting to measure and reflect on how we can increase our positive impact through the products and services we provide for our clients.
Why are we doing this?
The overarching reason is the confluence of two factors: (i) the increasing size, power, and influence of companies, and (ii) the growing, mainstream realisation that action is required to reduce inequality in society and mitigate against climate change and environmental damage. We, therefore, consider it our corporate responsibility to run our business for the benefit of all stakeholders – customers, employees, suppliers, communities, the environment, and shareholders. We also believe this will be key to Kin + Carta's long-term success as it will ultimately be an important factor in driving engagement across our teams, the Connective, and with our clients, whilst providing growth opportunities for our people as well as our service lines.
How are we looking to achieve this?
To provide structure, focus, and external validation for our efforts, we are using the B Corp assessment and certification framework as a tool. This is a recognised, relevant and robust framework, suitable for our size and sector, that allows us to measure current performance against stringent criteria in the key areas of governance, our teams, community, the environment, and the positive impact (or otherwise) of our work with clients. It also provides guidance for improvement initiatives in the areas where we do not currently achieve best practice and allows us to plan a suitable, tailored route both to B Corp certification and beyond, as we continue our journey to becoming a true triple bottom line business.
What does this mean in practice?
On a day to day basis, this has meant setting goals in a number of key areas, from diversity and inclusion metrics and initiatives in each of our specialisms to zero waste and carbon neutral objectives for the Connective as a whole. We have already increased our focus on potential stress and mental health challenges in the workplace, and are planning to bring more structure to our charitable giving programme. We are also looking at which of our clients and project categories bring real, positive change to societies or the environment, and how we can increase our work in those areas.
It is already clear this is not an easy process, challenging existing mindsets and behaviours, and sometimes bringing difficult decisions to the forefront. But we believe it is a necessary direction of travel, which will result in Kin + Carta becoming an improved, more responsible, and more successful business. Therefore, we are fully committed to this journey and are looking forward to enjoying the results over the coming years.
Below is part of an article originally written by Tatum Hunter at Built In Chicago, and published on September 3, 2019. This part of the article is about PowerToFly Partner Relativity. Go to Relativity's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.
Relativity awarded $250K to Sandoval Elementary. Sandoval is a dual-language school that serves 900 students in Chicago's Gage Park neighborhood. The Wired to Learn grant, awarded over three years, will go toward new technologies, school labs and teacher training. Previous recipients of Relativity's educational grants have reported better attendance, test scores and student engagement. [Press Release]
It is time! We are happy to announce the recipients of the 2019 Diversity Scholarship!
We're overwhelmed by the incredible applications we received after announcing the scholarship back in March. We were blown away by the thoughtfulness, experiences, achievements, and creativity of the applicants.
There were many well-deserving individuals, which made the selection process especially difficult for us. In the end, we did have to choose five winners and five runner-ups. The individuals below exemplify hard work, perseverance, and potential to make technology a more diverse and inclusive place.
Scholarship winners receive $5,000 towards their education, and an expenses-paid trip to the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco for a day of learning, mentorship, and networking.
(Left to right)
- Alejandra M. Castillo
- Andre Hodges
- Konce Quispe
- Maria Vivanco
- NaKia Whitby
Runner-ups receive $1,000 towards their education, and an expenses-paid trip to the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco for a day of learning, mentorship, and networking.
(Left to right)
- Amulya Balakrishnan
- Gabrielle Stillman
- Justin Tinker
- Ping Liu
- Sofia Ongele (picture missing)
Last year, we introduced our first-ever Diversity Scholarship program, and it was one of the best things we've ever done at Quip. Not only was it a hugely fulfilling, motivating, and inspirational experience for the Quip team, but we made a tangible difference in the lives of the scholarship winners. We're thrilled to announce that we're doing it again, and the applications for the 2017 Quip Diversity Scholarship are now open.
Why we do this
At Quip, we emphasize building a company that prioritizes work-life balance, inclusivity, and diversity. Part of it is culture, part of it is hiring, and part of it is community outreach. With this program, we hope to have an impact beyond our team, and do a small part to encourage students getting started in computer science, with these values in mind.
That's how it all started, and it's the main reason why we will continue to do it. But there's another motivating factor for the Quip team too — the impact it has on us, in the Quip office. For 2016's scholarship, more than half our engineering team was involved in reading applications, meeting the applicants, and answering questions. Even our co-founders, Bret and Kevin, met with candidates to answer questions and talk about engineering. So many incredible, deserving students applied, and our only regret was not being able to make an impact for every single one of them.
How it works
The Quip team will choose 10 recipients — 5 winners and 5 runners-up — to visit our office in San Francisco for a full day of learning, mentorship, and meeting the team (all expenses paid). At the end, each scholarship winner will receive $5,000 and each runner-up will receive $1,000 toward their education.
We're looking for applicants who:
- Are part of a group that has been historically underrepresented in STEM (including but not limited to students who are: Women; Black, LatinX, American Indian, LGBTQ+, first-generation, and/or people with disabilities)
- Have demonstrated interest or declaration of studying computer science or a related field.
- Are currently enrolled as an undergraduate or masters student in the U.S. or Canada, graduating in 2018 or later.
If this sounds like you, please apply! Applications are due on Sunday, April 16 at 11:59pm PDT.
Melissa Komar - Johnstown, PA
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