Posted on June 15 2020
Being a sustainable business for us has always been multifaceted and includes valuing people, the community, and the environment. We started by mapping out what was feasible as a small business, and what we could change as we grow to have more purchasing power. Our baseline right now means we have distributed three important aspects of our business model into areas that are easy to achieve as a small business:
- Hire diversely (whenever possible)
- Design with the environment in mind
- Sell goods and give back to the community
Now, in light of the Black Lives Matter Uprising, we think it's important to have a public record of accountability outside of social media. While we have not been able to hire someone full time aside from ourselves we have always been committed to hiring based on qualifications.
Below is breakdown of racial identity for interns, contractors, and part time employees since the beginning of Alterre (before we even had a brand name). This does not include our brokers and manufacturers in Brazil.
Black: 4 (1 intern, 3 paid)
East/South Asian: 5 (1 intern, 4 paid)
Latinx: 5 (2 intern, 3 paid)
Middle Eastern: 1 (paid)
White: 7 (4 intern, 3 paid)
Mixed/Other: 1 (paid)
Non Conforming: 1
We are committed to growing with community in mind and stand with the Black Lives Matter movement. We will also continue to look for ways to further our commitment in equal opportunities and supporting Black economic power.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” - Martin Luther King Jr.