Earlier this month, Procore employees gathered virtually to reflect on the senseless killing of George Floyd. The conversation was organized in an effort to better understand the lived experiences of our Black employees, while creating space for unity and support.
During the session, I listened to our employees as they recounted the emotional gravity of Floyd’s death and the countless others who have died as a result of racism, inequality and police brutality. Employees shared their insights and personal stories to illustrate the inhumanity and racial injustice that has been a painful part of our country since its founding. As I reflect today on the events of Juneteenth, an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. on June 19, 1865, I’m reminded of one simple truth—change is possible. But in order to fight systemic racism, it’s also indisputable: We must do more.
Racism and inequality will not go away until we confront them head on. I’m speaking out because Black lives matter. Procore, and I, will not be silent on this. To be silent is to be complicit.
We understand that this isn’t a moment—it’s a movement and an ongoing effort to drive change.
To our Black Procorians and to members of the Black community: Procore stands with you. We support you. We are listening, we are learning, and we are holding ourselves to a higher standard. We are building on Procore’s foundational inclusion and diversity initiatives with the following new actions:
- Redesigning our hiring plans and interview process to better support inclusion and diversity, while sourcing diverse candidates for roles.
- Prioritizing increased diversity at the director level and above.
- Promoting workplace psychological safety through team exercises and increased unconscious bias training.
- Launching new events, affinity groups, and Employee Resource Groups.
- Creating virtual spaces to foster open dialogue around inclusion and diversity.
- Offering resources, tools, and training to equip employees to have crucial conversations.
- Offering our construction management platform, training resources, and educational materials to support nonprofit and educational organizations dedicated to serving underrepresented communities.
- Auditing our marketing initiatives to ensure they reflect the construction industry’s diversity.
- Shining a spotlight on the voices and stories of customers from underrepresented groups.
- Creating virtual forums for customers, industry leaders, and partners to drive conversations and inspire action.
Improving the Lives of Everyone in Construction
Since its founding, Procore’s vision has been to improve the lives of everyone in construction—regardless of race, gender, politics, or beliefs. In 18 years of serving the construction industry, that commitment has never wavered, and it still stands true today.
I know that racial inequality doesn’t stop with a vision statement. While words matter, actions matter more. In order to make progress toward racial equality, workplaces and individuals must drive change.
Living our Values
At Procore, we have three core values driving our efforts: openness, ownership, and optimism. We remain committed to having open and honest conversations with our employees and listening to their experiences. And we are taking steps to drive an even more inclusive culture at Procore and to improve diversity in the construction industry. If you’d like to be part of our industry efforts, we invite you to join us for the first of many inclusion and diversity panels on Thursday, June 25 at 11:00 a.m. PDT. The panel will be moderated by Valerie Jackson, Procore’s Head of Global Inclusion & Diversity, and will offer insights and perspectives from customers and partners. Register now and help build an industry where every voice is heard.
Together, we can create more inclusive and diverse workplaces and communities. I am optimistic that, as a society, we are on the precipice of positive change. Procore is committed to doing our part to help drive that change.