The Time to Act Is Now: A Letter from Fama’s CEO, Ben Mones
Last Updated: June 30, 2020
To our Friends & Fama-ly,
Core to strong leadership is the ability to marshal a team, to charge ahead, to remain calm and clear-eyed in the face of adversity. I haven’t been calm or clear-eyed over the past few weeks. I am deeply affected and pained by the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd along with the civil unrest sparked by these events throughout the country. I recognize that for many of us, especially white people such as myself, the real work is just beginning.
Change will be hard. The conversations will be difficult. We will stumble, we will mess up. But we must act.
Every day we at Fama play a role in helping more than 600 businesses in 18 countries rid their workplace of intolerant behavior. Critical to upholding that promise is to ensure that Fama is enabling a safe and welcoming workplace: in our organization, our community and in the world at large. Over the last few weeks, we have consulted with our employees, leaders, investors, advisors and supporters on how we can translate our passion for rooting out intolerance into action.
We are pursuing multiple initiatives as a starting point, beginning with creating external, community-focused efforts to be part of the solution. Starting July 1st, all of our employees will receive 40 hours of paid volunteer service annually. For those employees that choose to volunteer with non-profit organizations that focus on racial justice initiatives, they will receive an additional 10 hours of paid volunteer service.
We will also be creating a diversity and inclusion (D&I) committee made up of members inside and outside of the organization. Together, this committee will help continually reduce bias in our AI, diversify our recruiting initiatives and ensure that we live our values each and every day. We will also offer our intolerance screening software at low or no cost to the organizations that need them most.
Finally, our human resources team will extend our zero-tolerance harassment policy to highlight racist behavior specifically. We’ll also create open forums for our employees to enable workplace equity and fairness.
Fama exists to make the workplace safer, more equitable and capable of the breakthroughs that come from inclusive collaboration.
The time to act is now. Black Lives Matter.