Social justice at ThoughtWorksSocial justice at ThoughtWorks


At the heart of ThoughtWorks is an ambitious mission: to be a proactive agent of progressive change in the world. Aware of our own privilege, we strive to see the world from the perspective of the oppressed, the powerless and the invisible.

Social and Economic Justice
Social and Economic Justice

Forward-thinking change agents

This kind of thinking is fundamental to our identity. It forms one of the three pillars of our organization and is a huge source of our energy, passion and drive. It’s also a big part of the reason creative, courageous and compassionate people call ThoughtWorks home and why forward-thinking change agents at companies and organizations around the world work with us.

"At ThoughtWorks, we join the poor and oppressed in their demands for change. Why are there poor in this world where technology has helped create sufficient abundance to provide for basic needs including food, homes and care for all? We are determined to direct the power of technology for the benefit of those who need it most"

- Roy Singham, Founder and Executive Chairman of ThoughtWorks

Technology is not a silver bullet but it can be used to make progress

Matt Simons, director of social and economic justice, explains that mobile and cloud technologies can be used to make progress on pressing development issues.

Technology for Good

As a global technology firm with social and economic justice at its very core, we are uniquely positioned to influence the impact of technology in the world. ThoughtWorks is active in many movements around the world, especially:

We are proud of what we have accomplished on this journey, but there is so much more to do and we need all the help we can get. If you’re an individual or organization that shares similar values, please get in touch.

"For me, the Social Justice pillar isn't just about doing work for good causes, although we have been doing an increasing amount of paid and pro-bono work for such outfits. It's also about looking at our core work and asking how it benefits society."

— Martin Fowler, Chief Scientist, ThoughtWorks

Blogs, articles & more

Taking out tokenism: Why some people are changing their mind on quotasInterview with ThoughtWorks Australia Managing Director Lindy Stephens.

ThoughtWorks Supports Reform of the United States’ Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)ThoughtWorks signed the Innovators Letter in support of common-sense reform of the CFAA.

It Gets Better Project™ThoughtWorks’ 2011 video for this worldwide movement that gives hope to LGBT youth.