BUSINESS AS A TOOL FOR
We live in a challenging time where the gap between those who succeed and those who struggle continues to grow. We also live in a time where the norm has been that all businesses think about is profit while non profits and governments work on “social issues”. This formula is clearly not working and we need to make serious changes to the status quo. We believe business is an incredibly powerful tool for creating economic justice and that now, more than ever, business leaders need to take responsibility and action to create real, systemic change.
We are fighting systemic economic injustice, and we challenge you to do the same.
We have a public compensation chart and a complete commitment to paying the same wage for work regardless of age, race, location, gender/gender association.
We have made our small business program Pay-What-You-Can so that any small business coming from any economic reality can have access to the support and structure they need to succeed.
We actively partner with organizations around the world who are working with small businesses in under-served communities. We fund 50% of all programs with those Partners.
THE SILVER CHALLENGE
We are committed to using any influence and resources we have to challenge the business leaders in our Global Network to take your own pledge and use your business as a tool for economic justice.
IT’S NOT CHARITY, IT’S A
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are”
– Benjamin Franklin
Silver Lining has worked with over 10, 000+ small business owners from around the world. If we’ve learned one thing, it’s that it doesn’t matter what color someone’s’ skin is, what religion they practice, what gender they associate with, or where they live; if they have the right structure, support, training, resources, accountability, and take the right actions for their business, they can succeed!
We believe (and have the data to prove it and that every single person who is properly equipped and willing to work hard can have an equal chance of success.
It is a reality that many of us were born with a better chance of success than others. We didn’t earn it – we were given it. And we believe that all of us who were born with privilege of any kind have the absolute privilege of and responsibility to use our resources and influence to create a world where gender, gender association, age, religion or location do not have an impact on someone’s success.