At a time when “business as usual” is not an option, we need to focus on helping each other, and assisting our customers and the community as they respond and adapt. And in a time when technology is more essential than ever, we take seriously the role our solutions play in enabling customers to pivot, maintain continuity and rely on our digital infrastructure to innovate in creative ways that make a difference.
Internally, we’ve prioritized the health and safety of our employees by taking early and swift action during the pandemic. We moved to a 100 percent remote workforce in early March and since then, have created flexible work experiences that promote innovation and inclusion.
At VMware, our unique approach to giving — called Citizen Philanthropy — empowers everyone to be active, engaged citizens in their communities. Our people have delivered food to those in need, made masks for frontline health workers, donated money to relief efforts, and so much more. Earlier this year, the company doubled its matching gift and continues its commitment to strengthening nonprofit organizations’ operations. VMware provided grants to GlobalGiving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund and TechSoup’s COVID-19 Response Fund.
Together, these stories reflect a global VMware community that is compassionate, resourceful and resilient. Our instinct is to reach out across boundaries, overcome obstacles and do everything in our power to find solutions that work. It is not in our DNA to sit back and wait. We take action and make the impossible possible. These qualities have helped us endure through this incredibly challenging chapter and will propel us forward when we emerge on the other side of this crisis.
At VMware, we believe it is critical to learn, listen and take action to create an environment that supports our colleagues, customers and communities. As our CEO, Pat Gelsinger said, “We are horrified by the violence perpetuated against the Black community in the past weeks and the ongoing and systemic social injustice that has brought us to this point in history. Status quo is not okay. As a company, we are collectively committed to change; I am committed as a leader. I stand with the Black community against racial injustice in all forms.”
We are especially focused on our Black colleagues and communities and want to ensure change is systemic and long term. To start, we created the Black@VMware Social Justice Fund to raise awareness and offer support to Black communities across the United States. In addition, we updated our hiring policies and are providing continued education, allyship and awareness programs. Long term change will take a continued and committed focus on living our values, increasing representation at all levels and creating an inclusive culture where all employees can succeed.