We built Design Milk on the foundation of sharing, supporting and fostering global creativity in design, art, architecture, technology and beyond.
We are a small company, but we have a strong voice and a large community, which comes with a responsibility to support and share all voices in creativity.
We have formed a company donation initiative in which we are donating 1% of our ecommerce sales from all three of our websites—Design Milk, Ahalife and Kaufmann Mercantile—to charities or entities that promote social justice and reform or provide relief. This is an ongoing donation initiative; we will select a new charity or organization every quarter.
This quarter (through Sept 2020) we will donate to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, a non-profit legal organization that fights for racial justice, “seeking structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equity for all Americans.”
Click here to make your own donation to this organization.
Diversity + Equity
We are committed to creating a diverse and equitable company through a hiring and employment policy that regularly examines our team, sets appropriate goals and measures and fosters diversity at all levels. This includes diversity training, internal educational programs, support for professional development opportunities and making sure employees have access to resource groups, such as those dedicated to leadership and career enhancement.
On top of our ongoing charitable contributions, as a company, we commit to the 15% Pledge. We will strive to give at least 15% of our virtual shelf space to Black-owned brands. In addition, we are focused on ensuring that we create a platform for BIPOC-led or owned businesses, alongside other underrepresented groups.
For over a decade, Design Milk has been so dedicated to the work, the products, the architecture and the interiors, that we haven’t actively highlighted the people behind the projects and we believe they deserve visibility.
We are actively working on ensuring that we are highlighting projects, products and brands led by underrepresented groups and finding better ways to make the people behind them more visible.
We are creating a permanent reference list of architecture, design and creative organizations and websites that are doing excellent work with underrepresented communities and will support these organizations through media partnerships and collaborative efforts. We will share these resources through editorial articles and a permanent cohesive reference list, which will be situated prominently on our website.
In the past, we have connected with various organizations that promote Black designers, architects and creatives to see how we can partner and collaborate and/or support their efforts. We have actively been involved in and supported live talks in the design community addressing diversity and activism during design trade shows and events. We have covered design and architecture by Black designers and other POC and underrepresented communities. We will continue to do this work and find ways to amplify it moving forward.
In addition, we are working to become more involved in educational initiatives within organizations and institutions in the design, architecture and art space, and we will dedicate marketing and advertising space to these initiatives.
We are an anti-racist company. Racial justice and reform require a long-term commitment, and we will continue to check and re-commit ourselves to anti-racist actions. Dismantling and rebuilding a system takes time, effort and energy, and we will do our part. Our intention is to be inclusive and insist that anyone we partner with has the same values. We would like to be a resource for anyone that is looking for help, and we hope that others in the design and architecture community will join us in supporting our efforts to combat racism.
Please contact us with your thoughts, or to pitch stories, designers and share ideas. This is an ever-evolving mission, and we will continue to update the community on new initiatives as well as revisions to our mission.