Times of transition are often chaotic and unsettling but also create an inherent opportunity to positively disrupt our own thoughts and actions. The current political climate and imminent transfer of power has forced us to reflect on what we, as individuals and a company, can do to create the change that we want to see in our local, national and international communities. Regardless of political affiliation, there is no time like the present to step into our power and be proactive. Women’s issues are at the top of our priority list. In order to protect and enhance these rights we are focused on the following:
- Collaborative and Flexible Work Environment: We are committed to allowing our employees control their own time and communicate fluidly within the entire organization. This mutual respect creates an atmosphere where gender discrimination is not acceptable, women are employed in every kind of role – from engineering to marketing – with equal compensation, and big life events will not derail a career based on limited availability during traditional business hours.
- Social Activism: We operate in an industry and sell a product that, because of its intimacy, gets people fired up. The inequities in this space are incomprehensible. A tampon TAX? No government assistance to cover these essential items? Limited access to clean public restrooms? Low quality products for women of a lower socio economic status? It is inherently unfair. We are so proud of the number of our customers who are equally outraged and willing to use their passion to advocate for policy change in their own creative ways.
- Support Local Organizations: We take every opportunity to support other local businesses and organizations that share our values. We set meetings at female-owned coffee shops, buy thank you gifts from other socially innovative consumer product companies, choose giving partners that treat all human beings with dignity, and are committed to creating employment opportunities for people who are overlooked by other companies based on a flaw in their past or current standard of living.
Every choice that we make is followed up with, “will this decision make our community a better place?” and if the answer is not definitively “yes” then we go back to the drawing board. What are your priorities and how can you use this time of transition to manifest the changes you hope to see in the coming years? What can we do together to drive the common outcomes that we all hope to see in our futures? Because we are greater than the sum of our parts.