Next Street has been on a journey to promote diversity, equity and inclusion since our founding. Through our external work, we have helped companies develop equity initiatives, created diverse supplier programs for multiple public and private institutions, and helped shape policies that create opportunities for communities of color through our whitepapers and small business ecosystem research. Over the last few years, we have also done the internal work to develop an Inclusive Impact Committee, with racial equity at its core.
We are proud of the progress that we’ve made and the work that we’ve done to foster racial equity. However, the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor – and the racialized aggressions against individuals like Christian Cooper – and subsequent protests the past few weeks have confirmed that our work is only beginning and that we need to do more to support our employees, our clients and the communities of color we serve. To that end, we 1) denounce the killings of innocent women and men because of their race; 2) support the work of Black Lives Matter; 3) are committed to long-lasting change by becoming an anti-racist institution.
As an anti-racist institution, Next Street is committed to:
- Agitate for racial justice and system change through our individual and collective voice
- Assess and challenge our beliefs, internal practices and ways of working, including hiring from diverse groups
- Act with partners to dismantle racist structures
- Account for our progress publicly through measurement and reporting
We stand in solidarity with our Black and Latinx colleagues and the black and brown communities we serve across the country. We want, and need, to do better – it is a matter of life and death. We hope you join us.