On Giving Back
Recently, we added a Social Responsibility section to our website. Before you click on that link, pause and think about what Social Responsibility means to you and why it exists. Then put that into context in terms of tech companies. Here’s our take on it.
It’s easy to argue that tech companies should be giving back to the community. There are plenty of stories that prove it’s been a boom time for the tech sector. Many companies are attracting the best talent, providing enviable work environments, and perhaps most importantly, they are adding value to the communities in which they work in and beyond through their day-to-day operations.
From the outside looking in, life is very good for these companies.
Talk with anyone in the non-profit sector, and the situation isn’t as rosy. They face daily challenges across almost every facet of their organization. Resources are often scarce, appealing to the public for support is never easy in a crowded market, and the nature of their work and the causes they support are more often than not, an endless cycle (alleviating poverty, protecting human rights, etc.). These challenge faced by the non-profits are prime opportunities for companies to help.
Helping looks different for every company. When we came up with our Social Responsibility program, we decided to focus on what we do best. We localize. Our platform helps companies and organizations grow by expanding their presence into new markets. So localizing the websites and expanding the reach of non-profits seemed like the most natural way for us to give back. This became the foundation of our Social Responsibility program: by providing our translation tools, we’re able to support the causes of many non-profits and help them reach a larger audience and connect with people who may not speak English.
Transifex’s own growth came about through the support of other people, organizations, and companies, especially in the Open Source community. We want to do the same for others. If you’re interested, the Social Responsibility section of our website highlights some of the organizations we work with, how we work with them, and why we work with them. Check it out! We’ll be adding more stories as time goes on.