July 19, 2020

My Commitment to Inclusivity & Anti-Racism

Inclusivity is a core value of my business and I mean it in the broadest sense of the word.  However, because there are specific marginalized groups that continue to face exclusion in very real ways each and every day, it is important that I affirm my commitment to building an inclusive business for clients, partners, and followers of all races, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities, religions, and body types. 

At the same time, I know that inclusivity isn’t enough to dismantle anti-Black racism. Fighting for racial justice and being an active anti-racist requires actions and commitments. It’s simply not an option to ‘not mix business and politics.”

So although I am just one small-business owner, I pledge to:

  • Collaborate with clients, vendors, and business owners of all backgrounds.
  • Create a space where clients, partners, and followers from all backgrounds feel welcome, represented, and respected. 
  • Support and amplify the work of BIPOC creatives and business owners.
  • Remain engaged in learning about anti-racism to better inform my actions, unseat my own biases, and allow me to share anti-racist messages more effectively; AND compensate Black educators who I have learned from. 
  • Build anti-racist work and learning into my schedule as a business owner. 
  • Not let my fear of making mistakes prevent me from taking action; to learn from mistakes I make. 
  • Be willing to engage in uncomfortable conversations, be held accountable, and hold others accountable.
  • Donate 5% of sales to Got Green, a South Seattle-based grassroots organization that fights for environmental, racial, and economic justice.
  1. So much respect for your values and for your commitment to anti-racism and inclusivity. Also super impressed with your pledge to donate 5% of sales to Got Green. I have never heard of this organization before but it looks amazing! How did you find out about them? Thanks for today’s dose of much needed inspiration!

    • Hannah Paukstis says:

      I very much appreciate that! I’m sure this is something that I’ll need to update as I continue my education, but will at least rely on these commitments to guide me going forward. I actually don’t recall where I first learned of Got Green! I wish I could remember how they first crossed my path. I know I was searching for organizations to support that prioritized both racial AND environmental justice, so Got Green was likely at the forefront of that search. I’m hoping to do another post around Giving Tuesday to spotlight other similar organizations to support – there’s so many that are doing such important work, but aren’t recognized as much as some of the bigger names.

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