At Shopify, our first love is for the entrepreneur – those who are creating and growing their businesses – and every decision we make is influenced by how we can spread entrepreneurship and make commerce better for everyone!
Entrepreneurs are good for the world. They follow their passions, solve problems, create jobs, innovate and serve as powerful agents of change in the world.
We are building a space at Shopify where people want to make commerce better for everyone, but even more, people have the opportunity to do their life’s work. We value personal growth and provide a wide-range of resources for Shopifolk to better themselves, our product, and continue to build the organization.
As we scale to become a 100yr + company, operating in a very competitive talent environment, we literally can not afford to miss out on any pockets of top talent. This matters not just in terms of the quantity of talent we need, but also the impact diversity of thought is proven to have on innovation. In short, more diverse teams have better outputs. We risk losing out if we don’t do a better job of creating an inclusive environment so we can better attract, hire and develop top talent from all backgrounds.
Our inclusion strategy will take a more holistic approach by:
1) focussing on inclusion vs. diversity and
2) looking at diversity of thought or 2D diversity allowing us to maximize on the benefits of a diverse employee base beyond the traditional dimensions of gender, ethnicity, people with disabilities and indigenous peoples.
At no point are we looking to hire lower quality candidates but rather ensure we have created equal opportunity for all top talent, allowing us to capitalize on the innovation that comes from diversity of thought.
Canada’s digital economy currently employs 877,470 ICT professionals spread throughout all sectors the economy. The growth in digital jobs has outpaced the overall economy in the last two years by over 4 to 1, leading to a strong demand of 182,000 skilled ICT workers by 2019. (ICTC)
Shopify is helping people build their computing literacy by lending its resources to a number of programs: