Stand in Solidarity•
Posted on June 08 2020
As a female small business owner, I believe in transparency and accountability and have worked to share openly with all of you about my environmental efforts and inclusivity goals. These are goals that will be ever growing and expanding and therefore never fully reached, but in an effort to continue this transparency, I also want to offer the following as a source for accountability for myself and for my business.
- I support the 15 percent pledge created by Aurora James asking major retailers to commit to buying 15% of their products from Black owned businesses to match the 15% population. I am not a major retailer, but I have decided to also dedicate 15% of my shelf space to Black brands, designers and/or artists, and will work to achieve this goal by the end of the year. Burke is driven by sustainability and modern, contemporary design, and I know there are Black artists that are underrepresented in this space, so I will be seeking out those that inspire me in these ideals and that align with the store's vision and values.
- If you are unfamiliar with our Burke Residency, it is a program featuring pop-up collections from one designer and one artist which rotates every 3 months. Our program is coming up on its one year anniversary in August, and so far 4 of our 7 residencies have featured POC with 2 of them being black female artists. Going forward, I am dedicating at least 5 of the 8 residency slots per year to BIPOC. I will be working to add an application submission form for program participation to the website soon (if any web folks can assist with this please reach out to me!).
- I joined Claude Home's organizing effort for a collective of retailers to continue to support the Black community with a monthly donation of proceeds. You can visit our page here to see some of the organizations we've donated to since starting the business in 2017, and we will continue to center organizations focused on education, civil rights, and social justice with future donations.
As always, my inbox is open for any and all dialogue and feedback!
So much love to all of you, always.
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