Anxious. Exhausted. Uncomfortable. Hopeful.
The above adjectives came directly from our Team during an open dialogue we recently held to discuss racism in America, and how we feel in this immensely challenging climate. We found connection through this exercise. While we all come from different levels of lived experience of racism and/or privilege ー and in some cases, bothー a key takeaway from our discussion is that we share many of the same emotions and feelings. This recognition set a moving tone for us to begin some hard work, and to take greater action to speak up against and fight for the eradication of systemic racism.
At Clarity, our values system has always been critical to our success, and for those who haven’t read up, these three words are what inform our work:
The impact of the Black Lives Matter movement is reshaping how people all over the world live and interact with one another. The meaning of our values is also evolving at Clarity. We’re experiencing a reckoning with words, and the associated actions that breathe true meaning into them. It’s never been more important to walk the walk and to show instead of simply telling.
We believe Black Lives Matter, and we hereby declare The Clarity Commitment: In the same way our values begin within our own walls and permeate all that we do and each relationship we form, we henceforth commit to the following pillars of action to supplement our values system moving forward. We commit to our mission of building better teams through implementing the below actions at all stages of our work.
The Clarity Commitment
Our Pillars of Action for Building an Antiracist Recruitment Community
We commit to:
EXCLUSIVELY ENGAGING IN NON-DISCRIMINATORY
How we’ll do it: We are re-evaluating our internal recruitment processes to ensure equal opportunity for all Clarity job applicants. In addition, we will clearly communicate our anti-racist stance to all clients + candidates that work with us, existing and new. Period.
and LEARNING FROM EXPERTS
How we’ll do it: We are making more space within our Clarity U programming to foster continued learning. We will include external experts and educators into our learning community to provide continued education on unconscious bias, how to be antiracist, and how to strive for equity in all we do, and to help us understand best practices on allyship in the workplace.
SPEAKING OUT and ACTING OUT AGAINST RACISM, BIAS (unconscious, implicit + overt), and DISCRIMINATORY BEHAVIORS
How we’ll do it: Leadership will facilitate reporting of incidents within our walls as well as during conversations with clients, candidates, vendors and partners, in order to ensure no bad seeds inhibit our collective growth as a Team. We are distributing new ground rules internally, which will also be among the first processes taught upon onboarding new internal Team members.
MAINTAINING A SAFE SPACE FOR OUR TEAM TO
COMMUNICATE + REFLECT
How we’ll do it: We will ensure all voices are heard in a manner that is comfortable to all Team members. We will continue to host Team dialogues, one-on-one meetings with leadership, and provide tools for anonymous reporting and/or submissions of suggestions, to accommodate individual, preferred communication styles.
Our greatest asset at Clarity is, and will always be, our Team. We commit to opening our hearts and ears to all that wish to contribute ideas to encourage continued strength in our workplaces, and within the workplaces in which we place our candidates. We commit to growing our Team with an emphasis on our values and the above pillars of action. Together, we aim to weed out ーand call outーbad actors in the recruitment and business communities at large that do not support our commitment.