Burlington, MA – August 06, 2020: Benu Networks is joining the Tech Compact for Social Justice, and committing to make the Massachusetts tech industry more diverse and inclusive. In Massachusetts, only 5% of tech occupation workers are Black or African American, and 7% are Hispanic or Latino. Benu Networks, along with 60 other organizations, are making immediate changes in three or more areas relating to diversity, inclusion, and social justice that will transform the industry for the better.
The Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) has been benchmarking and reporting on the demographic make-up of the Massachusetts tech sector, specifically focusing on race, ethnicity, and gender, since 2015. The Tech Compact for Social Justice was created under the leadership of the Executive Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee of the MassTLC Board of Trustees as a way for the industry to come together and affect meaningful change on a scale greater than any one company.
“We recognize that Boston and the tech industry have not done enough to support and encourage inclusion of black, Latinx and Indigenous people,” states MassTLC. “From day one, the EDISC felt it was important that we not simply release a statement or letter of support, but rather come together as a community and commit to meaningful change.”
Benu Networks is working diligently to make changes internally and is committed to ensuring that these changes ripple far beyond just its staff. At present Benu Networks has pledged to conducting annual self-reporting of aggregate demographic data starting no later than June 2022, introducing or expanding educational programs & opportunities on diversity, inclusion, racial inequality, unconscious bias, managing diverse teams, and/or creating a judgement-free culture, and advocating for public policies and/or lead with corporate policies that support economic opportunities and help to level the playing field for people of color.
“The lack of progress in our industry with regards to diversity and inclusion is painfully evident,” says Mads Lillelund CEO of Benu Networks. “We’re dedicated and driven to making a permanent change and these initiatives are the first step. We’re happy to be supporting the MassTLC initiative and working with our peers to make transformative change.”
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