JUST is not a verification or certification program, but rather provides a social justice transparency platform for organizations to disclose their operations, including how they treat their employees and where they make financial and community investments. Atelier Ten uses the JUST platform to look internally at how we operate as an organization within the parameters of social justice and equity as part of the International Living Future Institute’s (ILFI) JUST Program.
Building on the success of its Declare Program, which encourages the elimination of Red List chemicals and materials in building products, the ILFI believes the power of transparency can gain traction in market forces to create social change. To this extent, the JUST Program calls for organizations to publicly declare and showcase their social justice and equity policies and practices. Providing a common tool and language for organization comparison, the JUST Label is outlined by 22 specific social and equity indicators that are housed within the 6 general categories of diversity; equity; safety; worker benefit; local benefit; and stewardship.
As part of the process, Atelier Ten’s US Operations and Management team analyzes the firm’s Human Resources metrics and policies. While pleased, and not surprised, with the degree of social justice and equity shown, we realized that some of our reporting practices could be fine-tuned for better transparency and scaling. JUST offers a roadmap for us to improve employee satisfaction and happiness through organizational focus on diversity and inclusion, and it gives us the framework to measure social equity within the firm. We are continually making improvements to our reporting and plan to renew our JUST Label in 2021 to keep our employees motivated and strongly connected to the Atelier Ten’s purpose and values.
Our JUST label can be accessed at JUST’s website.