DIVERSITY & INCLUSION STATEMENT

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At FTG, we believe in the values of diversity and inclusion (D&I).

More specifically, we believe in the diversity of thoughts, ideas, beliefs, experiences, and the inclusion of people regardless of their race, color, sex, language, national origin, religion, orientation, or age.

Our overarching goal at FTG is to build a legendary company with legendry people and that is only possible if our employees are able to bring their true selves to work, meaning both the visible and invisible qualities that make them who they are. We believe that these unique differences in perspectives, experiences, and approaches are what makes us stronger as a company. 

We understand that creating an environment that values and promotes diversity and inclusion requires action and engagement from all of our employees. No one person or single group can be responsible for creating and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive workplace environment. This responsibility belongs to all of us at FTG.

Each of us has a role to play in advancing the first piece of this initiative. For some of us, it means summoning the courage to stand up and speak out, sharing opinions or experiences. For others, it means listening with patience and empathy, creating an environment conducive to dialogue. For all of us, it means asking questions, respecting answers, being open to fresh perspectives, and, most importantly, appreciating one another’s contributions to our FTG family. In doing so, we will continue to build a legendary company for our employees, our customers, and our stakeholders.

AT FTG, we recognize that we can do more.

We need to listen more, we need to learn more, we need to understand more, and we need to take action to genuinely support diversity and inclusion initiatives across our collective companies. Not only that, but we also need to actively eliminate discrimination in all its forms. We have much more to do—and so today, we are committing to take action.

As a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and engagement, FTG is currently working to form an employee peer-based group that will be charged with providing recommendations to FTG’s executive team in the areas of policy, guidelines, reporting, and training. Led by an executive sponsor, this voluntary group will help FTG establish specific goals and outcomes that will guide the first phase of this ongoing initiative.

As a company, we acknowledge that this is one small step toward change, but we intend to use this as a starting point for a much larger program. We are committed to doing this work for our employees, our company, and our community. As we do so, we will continue to build on these actions and communicate in the coming months.

FTG is an Anti-Racist Organization
In addition to supporting the principles of diversity and inclusion, FTG is on a journey to be an anti-racism organization. Our anti-racism statement defining our journey is as follows:
Flex Technology Group (FTG) is an anti-racism organization. FTG defines being an anti-racism organization as creating an environment where all employees, regardless of race or the color of their skin, know they are valued. We acknowledge that racism can be unconscious or unintentional and identifying racism as an issue does not automatically mean those involved in the act are racist or intended the negative impact. As an anti-racism organization, we will purposefully identify, discuss, and challenge issues of race and color and the impact(s) they have on the organization, its systems, and its people. We will also challenge ourselves to understand and correct any inequities we may discover within FTG and gain a better understanding of ourselves during this purposeful process. Being an anti-racism organization is a journey and it is the learning along the way that makes this work worth all of our efforts.

Our goal is to create and maintain an environment where employees feel safe to discuss race and the importance it has on our organization and our lives outside of work. We are deeply committed to purposefully studying the impacts of race and racism throughout the organization. This work can be uncomfortable and even painful to some, but we have found that the greatest challenges bear the greatest rewards. By embracing the principles of diversity and inclusion, our culture is strengthened and our workplace is more dynamic.

Racism is intolerable. It should be that simple, but we are too often reminded that it isn’t. We ALL must do better. And as a company, we will stand and do our part.

Educational Resources

It’s never too late to cultivate change, empathy, and education. To be better and do better. To create an equal society, we must commit to making unbiased choices and being antiracist in all aspects of our lives.  If you’re wondering where to start, here are some insightful resources:

Books you can read

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World by Layla F. Saad.

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Braithwaite

So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Race Matters by Cornel West

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a world made for whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

 A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

Podcasts you can listen to

Code: Switch NPR – “Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on.” Explores everything from pop culture, to politics, to sport. Race impacts every part of life.

Minority Korner “Welcome to Minority Korner, where we take an introspective look at the world through an intersectional lens.”

Momentum: A Race Forward – Features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice.

Intersectionality Matters! – Intersectionality Matters! is a podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory.

About Race – Hosted by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Nova Reid and Vicki & Selina from loveprojectlove – A powerful conversation about race, racism and white privilege with Nova Reid