Equity Initiatives at Namaste Solar

2022: Read our company statement on Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI).

2021: A JEDI Circle and Advisory Council were developed and approved to take the lead on initiating, guiding, and implementing programs, policies, and practices that advance our equity work. The Circle will consist of 7-9 members that will be selected based on job role and/or commitment to JEDI work at Namasté Solar. The JEDI Advisory Council (JAC) will consist of employees who share an identity with a historically underrepresented or marginalized community.

2021: Working with The Equity Project (TEP) to complete an organizational assessment and develop an equity lens and blueprint. This work will provide us with a baseline understanding of where we are as an organization as well as a strategic plan with actionable next steps.

2020: Co-owners vote to update Namaste Solar’s core values with an equity lens, including new core values of “Equity” and “Come As You Are.”

2020: A group of individuals formed the new Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Task Force at Namaste Solar to help build this work into the cooperative in a sustainable way.

2020: Statement in support of Black Lives Matter from our CEO

2020: Small group book discussions on So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

2019: Small group book discussions on White Fragility by Robin Diangelo

2019: A series of Unconscious Bias Seminars increased our understanding of unconscious bias and encouraged conversation. Seminar discussions were sparked by shared content, including:

2018-2019: Full-day workshops are offered multiple times a year for employees to learn about identity, privilege, and power dynamics.

2018: Small group book discussions on That’s What She Said by Joanne Lipman

Read more about equity work at Namaste Solar in these blog posts: