For the past weeks we’ve seen black tiles everywhere, we’ve seen companies and individuals announcing real change, but we’ve also seen statements that felt opportunistic and empty.
We took time and reflection at Picter and Der Greif to find the words, channels and measures to respond accordingly. We were insecure if or what to post but have come to the following conclusion: Actions speak louder than words. But words do matter.
Silence is complicity. This is about self reflection, working and breaking habits, comfort zones and white privilege to create an environment that is inclusive and diverse. We must acknowledge that we at Picter and Der Greif can and should do better. We are committed to learn, listen and work to change our mindset, culture and habits moving forward.
We hope this letter will start a progressive discussion.
We’re committed to doing more to amplify voices of those who have been marginalized within creative business communities.
As part of our commitment:
- We have signed the Allyship & Action Pledge, an initiative from our friends at The Freelancer Cyber Summit working to support systemic change.
- We have pledged to give funding and exposure to organizations working to dismantle systems of oppression. Starting with donating Black Visions Collective Minnesota and other organizations, both on company and personal levels.
- Starting today Picter Workspace will be free to all non-profit, political institutions, individuals, organizations and movements fighting for social equality. If you have the need for our services, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Going forward Picter will audit the jury diversity of any organization wishing to use our software for photographic competitions. Picter will reserve the right to decline contracts with organizations unwilling to create inclusive juries.
- We will work to create an inclusive company structure. This means working to diversify our hiring practices at all levels, including future leadership roles.
- We will work to expand our bias and diversity training for all staff members.
- Der Greif’s popular series Guest Room will continue to diversify its curators to include more BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and other creatives from underrepresented communities.
We know this is just the beginning, but we are dedicated to making the journey towards a better creative community together.
Claudio & Simon