Social justice at ThoughtWorks
Social justice at ThoughtWorks
Social justice at ThoughtWorks

We believe that technologists have an important role to play in building a more equitable and socially just future.

ThoughtWorks has always been dedicated to positive social change. Our mission, "to better humanity with software and help drive a more socially and economically just world,” is hugely ambitious, which reflects our belief that technologists today can have an outsized influence in this space.

Our path

To realize our mission, we balance nurturing a sustainable business, pursuing software excellence and advancing social justice. 

Our approach to advancing social justice and promoting a more equitable tech future continues to evolve. Today, we use this framework to guide us, ensuring that we approach social change on every level:

How do we make a difference?

The Social Impact Framework

We're working on every level, all the time.

Our people; our culture

Everyone at ThoughtWorks plays a part in our commitment to social justice. We have created an environment where people can learn and challenge themselves. We also facilitate and encourage complex conversations that advance our understanding of social justice and the societal implications of technology, and inspire us to action.

Not everyone here is an activist, of course! But we believe in being open-minded, intolerant of intolerance and supportive of those less fortunate than us. We are, as a community and as individuals, aware of our privilege and seek to use it to help others.

Dr Rebecca Parsons at Grace HopperDr Rebecca Parsons at Grace Hopper

Our progress

We have worked very hard over the years to make our company diverse and our culture inclusive. We’re really proud of the progress we’ve made here, but, as our Chief Technology Officer Rebecca Parsons says, “We are not done yet. Not by a long shot.”

Our clients

As a global technology firm, we believe we have a responsibility to constantly question the impact of technology on society, and specifically people who are systemically marginalised and oppressed. 

While we do work in the non-profit sector to leverage technology as a tool for social change, we also work with clients in every sector, finding ways to build more equitable and ethical technology. This involves helping them develop policies, frameworks and strategies that promote equity and inclusion, educating technologists about privilege and bias; and actually building in the values of privacy, empathy, equity, and inclusion in the technology we create.

Social Justice isn't just about doing work for good causes. It's also about looking at our core work and asking how it can benefit society.
Martin Fowler, Chief Scientist

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