COMMUNITY IS OUR COMPANY
Alltrade is a property management company dedicated to excellence as a result of continual improvement and prosperity through progressive ideas. To that end, we are committed to creating a dynamic, optimistic workplace that supports an environment of cooperation and competence, fosters respect for the dignity of every client, resident, and colleague, and develops the full potential of each employee in the spirit of teamwork and trust.
Community is at the core of everything we do, and we firmly believe that a true understanding of community is inextricably linked to a true understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion. While the concept of a community implies there is at least one commonality among all the members of that group, we believe that it is really the celebrated differences – and the commitment to understanding those differences – that makes a community strong.
As a housing provider, we are committed to providing equitable access to quality housing. We are aware that historical redlining, gentrification, overt and covert discrimination, overpolicing, and the eviction crisis in America overwhelmingly impact communites of color and other underrepresetnted groups. We want to be – and are committed to being – part of the solution.
As an employer, we know that our commitment to diversity has not only comprised a unique and compassionate staff but has also been – and will continue to be – integral to our continued success as a business. We celebrate and welcome all identities and do not tolerate discrimination of any kind, including but not limited to discrimination against the following identities: age, citizenship, race, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, national origin, physical or mental disability, religion, veteran status, gender identify and expression, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. This promise extends beyond Alltrade employees and includes our clients, residents, investors, and community partners as well.
OUR APPROACH: WHAT WE ARE WORKING ON NOW
While we aim to do all of the things outlined above, we also know we can always do even better. We readily acknowledge that this type of work is dynamic, ever-changing, and requires a continuous commitment to building on the blocks you have previously put in place. To that end, we want to use this section to give you an idea of what we are working on right now. Please note that this section will be updated quarterly to ensure our efforts are being clearly articulated.
In Q3 of 2020, we are excited to launch a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion taskforce that will be made up of at least 75% membership of underrepresented groups (BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, people of color], women, veterans, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+). We want to hear how we can do better from the folks that are impacted the most by diversity – or lack thereof – in the workplace, and we are confident that this taskforce will help us do just that. The goal of this task force will initially be to create an intentional space for conversation, feedback, and proposed action from a group outside of the leadership team that is representative of our company as whole. The feedback and resulting actions taken to work toward a more equitable workplace will then be folded into our recruiting and hiring practices, company culture, philanthropic endeavors, and more. We know that the path to a truly diverse and inclusive workplace is one that requires continuous learning and improvement. To that end, we will reevaluate our primary DEI commitments quarterly and will revise this statement as needed to best reflect the initiatives that are taking place within our company.
Last updated July 30, 2020
OUR APPROACH: WHAT WE’VE DONE
As a housing provider, building up our community has always been at the core of the Alltrade business model, but, like everyone, we know we can and we should do better. We hear the ongoing calls for racial justice in our home community of Louisville and across the country, and Alltrade is making a commitment to stand in solidarity with the Black community and others and answer the call to be accountable and help make a change to a broken system. We are committed to reviewing our own policies & procedures to ensure that we continue to be an equitable and inclusive employer and community agent.
To take the first step toward this commitment, we are proud to partner with Canopy and other businesses throughout Kentucky on the 27 Campaign to create the 27 Fund, a fund designed to support organizations fighting for racial justice and funnel resources to Black-owned businesses and to continue to engage in conversations about actionable ways to move forward.
Statement from June 23, 2020