Small Business (11+ Employees)
Describe how your business is an active corporate citizen
Metal Toad is actively involved in Portland communities around workplace diversity, domestic violence, and local economic advocacy.
Metal Toad’s support of workplace diversity starts at home. Our hiring practices are unique in the technology space, an arena predominantly made up of white males. More than other industries, diversification efforts often run into a drastic lack of supply of qualified minority candidates for positions. Metal Toad takes a proactive approach to this and seeks out highly qualified candidates and, by ensuring an open and safe workplace, retains a significant amount of our diversity hires.
Thus far this year, Metal Toad has hosted multiple Diversity Think Tank meetups and sponsored a number workplace diversity initiatives. The Toads were proud to be a platinum sponsor of the Portland showing of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, a documentary highlighting the struggles of the tech industry in creating egalitarian workplaces. Metal Toad was also a sponsor of Startup Weekend Latino 2015 and is constantly seeking new opportunities to support those in our community that put a premium on diversifying the workplace.
Metal Toad is very proud to a platinum sponsor of Home Free, a holistic domestic violence service agency. Rather than provide a facility or temporary apartments for individuals and families fleeing domestic violence, Home Free helps survivors secure their own housing and assists them in staying there -- safely and independently. Home Free also provides emergency services, support groups, and child- and teen-specific programs for children up to age 18 who may have witnessed or experienced intimate partner violence. Metal Toad believe wholeheartedly in Home Free’s mission and employees actively donate money and, when appropriate, their time and effort as well.
Metal Toad has been an active advocate for Portland-based economic growth. As a vision leader in the Portland tech space, the Toads have engaged the Portland Business Alliance (PBA), the Portland Development Commission (PDC), and Greater Portland Inc. (GPI) in discussions around Portland’s future. We consistently involve code schools and institutions of higher education in the conversation and routinely meet the Port of Portland to discuss Portland’s position as the world’s next great tech hub.
Currently, Metal Toad’s President Joaquin Lippincott sits on the Portland Business Alliance’s Board of Directors and actively guides this narrative. His vision is to leverage Portland’s high quality of life, progressive city planning, and well-educated citizenry into becoming the world’s next tech hub. He has previously served as the President of the Portland AIGA and many Toads actively serve as Chairpeople in the local chapters of the SIM, TAO, and AIGA to push this goal forward.