Many of today’s founders want to build ethics and social responsibility into their companies from the get-go, but don’t know where to begin.
We’ve been using the 11 blocks of questions below as prompts for our interviews with founders and operators to surface stories and examples of how they are going the extra mile to build more ethical, socially responsible, and world positive companies. We’re sharing them here for other founders to use as a tool for considering some of the different areas that they can — or may already be — building their companies’ responsibility.
In our first set of interviews, we’ve heard about purpose-driven founders using project-based hiring to build diverse talent pipelines, setting social impact expectations when building their captables, creating pricing structures that consider accessibility, developing philanthropy strategies even in early stages, and using REDI (Race Equity Diversity Inclusion) Decision Framework, among many others. …
— Wilneida Negron & Lyel Resner
“I lay awake at night thinking about all the things we built in the early days and what we could have done to avoid the product being used this way”¹
— early Facebook Executive
Faced with a pandemic, the climate crisis, and unresolved systemic racial and economic inequality, our country finds itself at a critical moment. Our interdependence is now more apparent than ever, and this has triggered explosive demands for change in every corner of society.
Technology companies are not immune, having been increasingly singled out for enabling discrimination, human rights abuses, and political polarization. This has led to calls for more rigor in considering the social implications of their products, platforms, and business models. …