In September of 2020, we took the 15 Percent Pledge to create and support economic empowerment for Black-owned businesses, artists and communities. We are committed to increasing representation and diversifying our spending power in six core sectors of ace&jig — Talent & Creative, Consultants, Artists Collabs, Textile Scraps, Supplies and Donations.
We’ve assessed our spendings and partnerships in these categories and have developed a plan to hold ourselves accountable. In each sector, we will be committing a minimum of 15% of our resources to Black-owned businesses, artists and communities.
We pledge to:
- Donate to Black communities and organizations doing the work to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
- Ensure that a minimum of 15% of our yearly artist collaborations are with Black designers, Black artists, and Black-owned brands.
- Continue our dedication to increasing the diversity and representation of Black models, creatives, and consultants.
- Hire and partner with Black consultants.
- Actively seek out ways to increase our waste not scrap usage through donation and collaboration to benefit Black communities and organizations.
Where we stand over the last year:
Donations - 56%
Consultants - 30%
Supplies - 28%
Talent & Creative - 20%
Artist Collabs - 0%
Scraps - 0%
We agree with the 15% pledge that applying a measurable metric is critical to accountability. We have work to do and look forward to working with the 15% pledge to guide and uphold our commitments.
We encourage others to take this pledge. Find out more here: https://www.15percentpledge.org.
donate & fundraise
since June 2020, we've made over $75,000 in donations to the organizations below and more.
if you are able, we urge you to donate and fundraise, too!
Black Lives Matter
we at ace&jig stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and all those taking action against systemic oppression, anti-blackness, white supremacy, and police brutality.
we are angered and saddened by the extreme racial inequities that have marked our history as a country.
we have a lot of work to do.
we don’t have all the answers, but we are educating ourselves.
as a team, we are looking critically at what we can do better.
we are listening intently to Black voices, leaders, and activists.
we are also taking action.
since June 2020, we have been working closely as a team with a new diversity, equity, inclusion and justice coach. with their guidance, we have been reading, watching, learning and unlearning,doing research and thinking about our responsibility as a company and as humans in this movement.
find the action items we are participating in and encouraging at the bottom of this page. as we move forward, we are holding ourselves accountable and committed to:
- prioritizing diversity in our hiring practices and increasing our internal work around anti-racism, diversity, equity & inclusion.
- continuing in our dedication to representation in our brand imagery
- increasing our charitable donations to Black organizations
- scrutinizing our vendors and suppliers to see where we can shift our support to Black and BIPOC businesses
- dedicating our time to calling, protesting, petitioning
- elevating and voting for leaders that will demand the change we need
we won't stop being angry. we won't stop learning. we won't stop taking action.
we know there are no easy fixes, and we’re in this for the long haul.
thank you for taking action with us.
we welcome suggestions and are open to conversations.
we are listening at firstname.lastname@example.org
- explore the many amazing Resources for Allyship compiled and shared by Nicki Sun.
- dig into these Resources & Tools Regarding Racism & Anti-Blackness compiled by Tatum Dorrell, Matt Herndon, and Jourdan Dorrell.
- watch this video from Nowness for a visual guide to anti-racism.
- for a roundup of books on anti-racism and black bookstores to buy them from, visit our story highlights.
- follow and listen to The Conscious Kid's tools for parenting and education through a critical race lens.
**all totals and percentages above have been updated as of January 4th, 2023.