June 10, 2020 • 1 min read

A Statement from our CEO on Black Lives Matter

We at rideOS believe in justice, equality, and using our privilege, people, and platform to do good by serving our people, partners and communities. We are heartbroken by the recent tragedies, grieving, and stand in solidarity with the Black community, who continue to endure the effects of systemic racism every day. We believe it is our responsibility to learn, listen, and to use our voice and resources to address current issues. Silence in the face of injustice only leads to more oppression.

 

We also recognize that words mean little without action attached. Our first action is to educate ourselves. Education is important because knowledge is power, and many of us, who grew up in privilege, do not have a solid grasp of the issues at hand. We started a social justice reading group and the first book we discussed today is White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo

 

Our second step is to solicit feedback, with active listening. Listening, asking questions, reflecting back what is said, asking for clarifications, and summarizing are important skills to avoid misunderstandings and gain even deeper insight into the changes we can make to reduce discrimination for all that work here, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or any other identity. We will continue to expand the variety of platforms to gather this feedback. Some ways which we gather it now include: AllVoices, a tool for employees to provide anonymous feedback related to discrimination and bias, employee resource groups, and open company-wide meetings on how to better understand and address privilege in the tech world. 

 

In terms of other action that we have or are planning to take, we will continue to circulate an internal weekly DEI report where we track diversity in our recruiting and people pipelines, holding ourselves accountable to create a balanced team. We will invest in recruiting, and developing, and promoting people of color.  We will continue our investment in training around unconscious bias and behaviors of inclusion. We will match monetary donations from employees to organizations that address racial injustice, and ensure folks on our team have flexibility in their schedules to invest their time in supporting those organizations. 

 

We are committed to continuing to take more action in the decades to come, because the fight against racism is a marathon, not a sprint. BLACK LIVES MATTER, today and everyday. 

 

We will be continuing to update our Google doc of resources to support the Black community. You can find those resources here: https://bit.ly/2Yma9v1.