OUR COMMITMENT TO Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We are proud of the diversity of experiences, academic backgrounds, and skills our team has, but we are also aware that we are not yet where we aim to be. As a family and friends-owned business, our first three ‘hires’ were ourselves – white, Jewish men. We have relied heavily on our networks to build out our team and client base and recognize that as a firm we have inherited all of the biases embedded in the demographics and credentials we bring to the table.
As we continue to grow and evolve, we are committed to incorporating principles and practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion into everything that we do. Recognizing that this is an ongoing process, you can read more about our aim, the ongoing work, and how you can join in on the conversation below.
We know that having diverse teammates and an inclusive work environment makes us a smarter, more creative, aware, whole team. We aim to continuously push one another’s thinking, challenge long-held beliefs and assumptions, and leverage our diversity to explore new, uncharted areas. We are hungry to drive profound social impact in communities around the world and know that to be effective in that endeavor, we have to see ourselves in the communities we aim to serve.
We believe our team will be strongest and best positioned to realize our vision if we are:
- Diverse—with differences in race, ethnicity, sexual identity, culture, age, gender expression, ability, economic status, education, credentials, and experience.
- Equitable—where people from all backgrounds are treated fairly and view our firm as a level playing field; and
- Inclusive—where all people feel complete, heard, respected, understood, valued, connected, and able to do their best work
The closer we get to creating this team, the more value we will be able to provide to the social sector and the more impact we will be able to have on the world.
We’re committed to incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion into everything we do. We continue to build upon our commitment with continued learning and action. Here are just a few of the things we have done and are building upon currently:
- We have worked with diversity, equity, and inclusion professionals to help us understand our areas of growth, specifically as it relates to our hiring practices.
- We invest in opportunities for team members to better understand issues and opportunities related to DEI.
- We actively seek opportunities to engage in challenging conversations to further our understanding of historical and structural factors that contribute to inequity, systems of oppression, and racial disparities.
- We partner with and provide discounted services to organizations working towards equity and building power for historically marginalized groups.
- We expanded our leadership team beyond our three founders to reflect greater gender and racial diversity.
- We launched a DEI team to lead, support, and hold others accountable for this work.
Our current and past team has done an incredible job to get us where we are today, but to get us to where we need to go we need fundamental changes from within. As we grow as individuals and as a firm, we see diversity, equity, and inclusion as the strongest levers to create long lasting and meaningful social change for the communities we seek to serve.
We are looking to create the team and network that will get us there. People who will learn with us, challenge us, and create with us.
This isn’t about paying lip service to diversity, equity, or inclusion; this is fundamental to who we are and who we want to be.
As part of this work we’re committed to listening to the voices of others. If you have ideas or thoughts you'd like to share on how we can best fulfill this vision, we'd love to hear from you.
Updates, News, and New Insights
This past week has highlighted the challenges our country and our communities have been failing to address for generations. Third Plateau stands with all of those fighting against police brutality, advancing efforts to ensure racial justice, and working to create an equitable social compact. The unjust treatment of people of color, especially black people, in the United States is disgraceful and intolerable. We, as individuals and as a company, are committed to working alongside people and organizations working day and night to dismantle systemic racism.
In service of our value of Learn Up, we are redoubling our commitment to both individual and team learning about antiracism. We recognize that as a white-owned company, it is incumbent upon us to do the internal work to understand the history and dynamics of police brutality and systemic racism in our communities so that we can show up as effective contributors to this work.
In service of our value of Team Up, we are committing to facilitate a team-wide process to learn together about the work of organizations doing essential racial justice work in our communities. Our intent is for the team to collectively decide on one or more organizations for Third Plateau to financially support based on what we learn. We believe this endeavor will also help enhance our service to philanthropic clients interested in strategically funding racial justice efforts.
In service of our value of Step Up, we are establishing a pro bono consulting fund to support racial justice organizations, especially those led by people of color. We believe that one of the best ways we can show up as an ally is to leverage our greatest asset – our team’s core skills. We seek to use those skills to advance an agenda of equity, justice, and opportunity for all.
Finally, in service of our value of Live It Up, we are committed to creating a space where all people on our team feel valued, supported, and heard. We are encouraging our team to take mental health days as needed, and practice self-care so we can continue to show up fully and strategically in our work. We are especially mindful of how current events are impacting the people of color on our team, and are taking additional steps to ensure they know they have full support from the firm at this time.