By: Ashley Ladd, Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Social Impact, Snyk
This post is part of a special series to recognize Pledge 1% Members featured on the 2023 Cloud 100 List.
Why did Snyk first decide to join Pledge 1%? When we launched Snyk Impact our intent has always been to harness the power of our technology, resources, and community to enable a more secure, inclusive, and sustainable tech industry. Through our partnership with Pledge 1%, we were able to double down our commitment to make lasting positive social change that will remain a fundamental part of our business strategy for years to come.
We wanted to ensure we don’t just “talk the talk” but “walk the walk,” and our partnership with Pledge 1% allows us to do just that.
What does your Pledge 1% program look like in action? Our Pledge 1% program is an integral part of our Snyk Impact program. At Snyk, we’re on a mission to make the digital world a safer place and we believe that a safer world starts with one that reflects all of us. Our program is comprised of mission pillars that help us ground our work. From operating sustainably to embedding Inclusion and Impact programs globally, we are committed to partnering with organizations that want to change the world.
Snyk’s core values secure our deeply connected culture and help us to foster a more secure, inclusive, and sustainable company where everyone feels like they belong. Our program includes strategic nonprofit partnerships, a matching grants program, skills, and non-skills-based volunteer opportunities, Volunteer Time Off for all Snyk employees, and sustainability initiatives like measuring and reporting our Greenhouse Gas emissions as well as being a certified Carbon Neutral company. Snyk Impact also offers a 1:1 donation match up to $500/year (or local currency equivalent) for eligible employee donations to registered charitable organizations worldwide.
What have been some of the greatest highlights or impact moments to date? Supporting local causes and crises is something we care deeply about at Snyk. Through our annual Snyk Week of Impact global volunteer event, we’ve brought together over 200+ Snykers to do good in the communities where they live and work.
As a company, we are proud of raising $300,000 for Ukraine Relief as well as $12,025 for Turkey and Syria Earthquake Disaster relief with funds going to organizations like NuDay, UNICEF, and Doctors without Borders.
In January 2023, we hosted three company-wide meal-packing projects with Rise Against Hunger, a global movement to end hunger by empowering communities, nourishing lives, and responding to emergencies. Our events brought together Snyk employees in London, Boston, and Sydney where we accomplished 275,000 meals packed!
In 2019, Snyk achieved CarbonNeutral® certification in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol, the leading global framework for carbon neutrality. We have operated as carbon neutral ever since, and are working with environmental consultant Climate Impact Partners to further reduce our carbon emissions and operate even more sustainably. As we welcome new employees globally, we plant 1 tree for every new Snyker hired through our partnership with One Tree Planted.
What does it mean to you to be a Pledge 1% member on the Cloud 100 List? Snyk Impact aligns with our Care Deeply value and keeps us connected to our customers, partners, and our broader community. It means so much to us to be amongst the ranks of such incredible companies but also companies that are doing good in the world. We are proud to be on the Cloud 100 List and making a difference through our work globally.
If you were to give one piece of advice to companies thinking about joining Pledge 1%, what would you say? In today's world, everything seems to be about instant gratification. If we want to make a real, lasting impact and change in our world, we have to play the long game. There are no shortcuts and quick fixes for the social and environmental challenges we face and in order to address them head-on, we need to work together and ensure we create a world that future generations can be proud of. Partnering with Pledge 1% helps you find the organizations that care deeply about making a difference and changing the world - we’re stronger together!