Originally published on the Beanworks blog.

From the team at Beanworks:

What if we all gave 1% of our time? At Beanworks, we take community giving to heart. As a team, our employees have embraced giving back as an integral part of our company, so it’s with great pride that we announce Beanworks has joined the Pledge 1% Initiative, a global movement that encourages and challenges companies to make a positive impact within their respective communities. The initiative has been successful at promoting a model of early-stage corporate philanthropy, as a way to promote the integration of philanthropy and business and to make it easier for founders and business leaders to give back.

Pledge 1% launched as a partnership between a small group of companies and foundations in December 2014, and now boasts a membership of more than 1,500 companies in 40 countries around the world. This initiative is also supported through a vast ecosystem of partners, including nonprofits, incubators, investors, venture capital firms, accelerators and co-working spaces. Through the Pledge 1% website, companies pledge 1% of their equity, profit, product or employee time in service of their communities. Take a look at the full list of companies who have taken the pledge alongside Beanworks here.

As part of our pledge, Beanworks will be giving 1% of employee time to projects within our community.

One of the ways we plan to fulfill this pledge is through our volunteer time-off policy, which has been a staple at Beanworks for some time already. Through this policy, employees can take paid time off during the year to volunteer for causes that excite their unique interests and talents.

We also plan to create opportunities for our team to volunteer together. Last year, we supported Startups Care, a Vancouver initiative to fight hunger together with The Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Check back in for updates on our progress and to see where our team members volunteer this year!