Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We have always been committed to creating a workplace environment and community that is fair, equitable, and inclusive. Racial diversity, however, has not been part of that core work. We cannot realize our aspirations for creating a healthier world without wholly embracing the critical changes needed to foster true justice, equality, diversity, and inclusion for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

While there has been a call to act fast, we know that when Badger commits to taking action it needs to be with deep thoughtfulness and intention. This kind of work takes time—which we are committed to giving it, both as individuals and as an organization. In 2020, we founded our Social Justice Working Group to determine how we can help fight injustice and build a more equitable future in every area of our business.

This work is a journey, an ongoing process of learning, growing, and doing better. This is a living set of actions, and we will continue to ask, “what’s next?” as we navigate the changes needed at Badger and in our greater community. We are aware of just how much we don’t yet understand and how that lack of perspective limits our ability to act thoughtfully. As we engage in this work, we are sure we will find many more ways to make change, continuing to identify the ways we need to actively grow and expand our work to ensure that our mission is inclusive of everyone. 

Our Products

Our mission has always been to create products of the highest natural quality, based on simplicity and thoughtful preparation, with the intention to protect, soothe and heal. We are committed to ensuring that our mission of healing extends to all; that our products are helpful and accessible for everyone, and that our sourcing fuels fairness and equity.

We realize that finding a safe mineral sunscreen is still a frustrating and challenging task for people of color, due to many of these sunscreens leaving a white cast on melanin-rich skin. That’s why we are excited to share that we’re currently testing our entire line of clear zinc sunscreens for transparency on a far wider variety of skin tones. This testing will inform our future sunscreen formulations, helping us understand how much we need to adjust our current offerings.

We are working from the inside out to cultivate a welcoming marketing presence that ensures folks of all bodies, ethnicities, and genders are represented and valued through our messaging, photography, and social media engagement.

Our Business Practices

Our vision for a healthier world finds expression through the way we work and through the way we treat each other and the people we serve. Inside and outside our walls, we recognize our responsibility to ensure all people feel welcomed and supported.

We are fostering continued learning and engagement through discussion groups at work, opportunities for activism published in the company-wide newsletter, and JEDI training for our owners and strategic leadership team. We are working with a consultant to help account for our own limitations and blind spots.

Beyond non-discrimination in employment, we are committed to fostering diversity in our workplace. We are taking steps toward incorporating best practices for attracting more diverse applicants, including the use of diversity-specific job boards, and including bias disrupter steps in our hiring procedure.

While we are all on this journey together, it must begin with each of us as individuals. We are providing opportunities for guided book discussions, podcast listen groups, and other opportunities for learning within our company.

Our Political Advocacy

As we envision a healthier future for people and planet, we acknowledge that fighting for positive change means understanding the interconnectedness of multiple socioeconomic inequities. Climate policy must account for the disproportionate impact of climate change on communities of color, and true family-friendly business practices must address the unique challenges Black parents, particularly mothers, face in the workplace.

Our past work includes a range of practices and policies that support
women in leadership, fair and equitable pay, flexible working hours, and paid family and medical leave. Along with voicing our support for family-friendly business practices and climate justice, we will support policies furthering racial justice and equity. 

Our Community Work

Badger has always been supportive of our local community through our charitable giving and volunteer policies, and we are committed to expanding this work further to strengthen our own community and beyond.

We have updated our Charitable Giving mission and planned annual
donations to be more inclusive of social justice causes.

We have updated our volunteer policy, which provides employees 40 hours of paid volunteer time each year, to include activism in support of social justice issues.

We will share our work and commitments with our community of other business leaders to become more accountable together.

Pick of the Month

Title: Dear White People (Netflix series)
Recommended by: Badger Dave

"If you’re looking for a fun and often brilliantly hilarious show that will help educate you on issues of race and justice, check out the Dear White People series on Netflix. There are 3 seasons available until September 22, when the fourth and final season will drop (just in time for my birthday!). The series is set at the fictional Ivy League school, Winchester University, and looks at the intersection of race with gender and sexual orientation as well as class. Although it is likely to challenge most of us white folks who watch, it is no substitute for more challenging and necessary work. That being said, it might be a helpful step toward more meaningful growth. Now I'm excited to watch the
conclusion in Season 4.
"

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