Leadership’s commitment to racial justice and equality
Our CEO Todd McKinnon has expressed his support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and discussed Okta’s investments in fighting racial inequality. At Okta, we value diverse identities: Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) belong at Okta. We are still early in our journey, but are committed to doing the work and sharing our progress.
How we’re making it happen
As part of our long term commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging, we recognize the work we need to do to support our diverse colleagues and ensure our commitment to racial justice and equality. We’re focusing on three key areas: our workplace, our workforce and the marketplace. To report our progress in all of these areas, we will be releasing Okta’s first State of Inclusion Report in the fall of 2020.
It starts by looking inward
Inclusive Language Project
At Okta, we are committed to nurturing a culture of inclusion and belonging. We recognize that communication –– both verbal and non-verbal –– is a critical part of creating a sense of inclusion and belonging within teams and across our organization. As part of our “Inclusive Language Project,” we’re committed to removing words and phrases from our product, code and messaging that are charged or exclusionary. As we continue to make these changes, we will share regular updates.
How we're investing in the future
Okta Ventures is committed to supporting diversity, inclusion and belonging across the investor ecosystem. We are offering unconscious bias training to our portfolio companies through Hustle Crew and are supporting Black founders in partnership with Grid110 as a sponsor and partner.
Putting our time and money to work
Through Okta for Good, Okta’s social impact arm, we’ve made a $1M commitment over three years for racial justice and equity and workforce development grants. We also formed a Racial Justice and Equity Employee Advisory Board, consisting of leaders from People of Color @ Okta ([email protected]), the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging and Okta for Good teams, to determine where we’ll award these new grants.
Supporting our Black colleagues
Empowering the People of Color @ Okta ERG
Our efforts to promote racial justice and equality are designed and implemented in partnership with our People of Color group. [email protected] was launched as an Employee Resource Group in March 2018 and we continue to work with leaders and members of this group to ensure that we are listening and responding to the needs of our Black colleagues and communities.