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At our core…

We believe innovation is a process to improve the human condition.

 

Our Commitment to Sustainability

“Sustainable development calls for concerted efforts towards building an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future for people and planet.” *from the UN Sustainable Development Goals 

Venture Café has heard the call…

We believe innovation is a process for improving the human condition; therefore, Venture Café can leverage innovation as a way to move the needle toward the UN SDGS locally and globally by promoting sustainable, inclusive and equitable economic growth, creating greater opportunities for all, reducing inequalities, raising basic standards of living, fostering equitable social development and inclusion, and promoting integrated and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems.

At Venture Café, we are committed to realizing the SDGs and convening people with purpose through:

  • Economic empowerment through programming, helping innovators work to end poverty through building businesses, hiring, and implementing sustainable business practices. 
  • Modeling sustainable operations such as reducing the use of plastics and waste, promoting sustainable procurement practices and environmental safety, aiming to inspire our community with our actions.
  • Mobilizing local communities around SDG actions, encouraging behavior change and sustainable policies. 
  • Serving as a connector and educator for innovators to share their knowledge, ideas, and solutions to solve local and global challenges.
  • Re-framing the narrative of innovation’s purpose to include social and ecological responsibility.

 

Our Commitment to Racial Equity

Last updated on: June 3rd, 2020.

Innovation is a process to improve the human condition. While we aspire to see this hold true, the reality is that the human condition of our Black brothers and sisters, is subject to systemic racism (this has been present for centuries and not yet adequately addressed). At the Venture Café Global Institute (VCGI), we believe Black Lives Matter, and we stand with the movement. Racial equity is achieved when life outcomes can no longer be predicted based on the color of a person’s skin. We have a lot of work to do.

Phase 1 of the VCGI Racial Equity Action Plan addresses three immediate areas within the organization and we are committed to looking for and doing more.

  • Platform: We are committed to using our platform to amplify and align with Black voices. We will use this platform to convene groups dedicated to ending racial inequity and improving social justice. Moreover, we will use this platform to build bridges with those organizations and groups not yet doing the work, with a goal of expanding the racial equity and social justice conversations and encouraging others to take action. Social justice innovation is innovation, but should be done with intentionality and collaboration.
  • Policies: Anti-Bias Anti-Racism (ABAR) sessions will be scheduled for existing leadership and staff and will become part of annual development. We will modify network membership agreements to include a commitment to racial equity and social justice as a critical requirement. Some areas include hiring practices, partnership commitments, and programming expectations.
  • Purse: A commitment to racial equity and social justice will become part of our sponsorship/partnership agreements. We need our funding partners to be aligned in this effort. Additionally, we will examine the organization’s spending/procurement and develop a process that creates more opportunities for Black-owned / Black-led businesses and service providers. Our initial goal is to increase current spending specifically with Black-owned / Black-led enterprises by 25% by the end of 2020. Going forward we will set a target of at least 50% of spending allocated to support businesses owned by or led by members of historically under-represented groups by 2021.

A racist system can’t simply be repaired; it must be dismantled and rebuilt. VCGI is willing to do the work, support the work, and amplify the work that needs to be done. We invite others to join us in this effort. Drop us a note and we can discuss ways we can collectively drive toward racial equity and social justice.