In June 2020, we created the Peloton Pledge, the culmination of our efforts and commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization. Our mission is to empower individuals experiencing systemic inequities through physical fitness and mental wellbeing to be the best versions of themselves. The Pledge is a living blueprint to keep us honest and on course.
Meet our Team
Christal MorrisSVP and Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
“My hope and desire is to make space and provide a voice for those who have been silenced. As the SVP of DEI, my role is to dismantle systemic racism and evolve the culture at Peloton towards anti-racism. Our team continues to learn the ways of working across many functions to leverage the connective tissue that weaves our work and our community together.”
Alia McCantsDirector, ESG—Social Impact
“I feel really blessed that I get to integrate my personal and professional values so beautifully every day. Our team is diverse, kind and unafraid to dream big. I love when I get to find unique ways to accelerate the work that our incredible nonprofit partners are doing to create a more anti-racist, equitable and healthy world—seeing them shine really brings me joy. ”
Alfonso BeltrameField Operations Manager
“It is humbling to work for a team that puts people first, while also focusing on developing talent and becoming an anti-racist organization. The Pledge has allowed us to organically motivate the success of many of our team members by allowing them to be their authentic selves. I made a commitment to myself that I would bring no cultural or discriminatory bias to the workforce and my local community.”
Tunde OyeneyinPeloton Instructor
“It’s been such an honor to play a role within the Peloton Pledge. Working alongside my teammate Chelsea Jackson Roberts to create the Breathe In, Speak Up Series has challenged me to evolve as a leader. I believe that our existence as people is not only to love one another, but to be of service to each other and the Pledge provides us with the ability to do that for our Members and each other. My hope is that when history reveals itself, it’ll show that the impact we made inspired brands and leaders throughout the world. ”
Farah SheikhDirector, Social Impact and Cultural Marketing
“Working alongside my colleagues and shining a light on this journey toward being an anti-racist company has been a great honor. The ambitious vision of anti-racism is what first attracted me to Peloton. Seeing our strategic initiatives come to life, that make our organization a more human and equitable place, brings me great satisfaction both personally and professionally.”
Paul PintoVP, University@Peloton and Executive Development
“I have no doubts that we will make meaningful impacts internally and externally with the Peloton Pledge. It’s bigger than us. Having experienced being marginalized as an immigrant and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I developed deep connections with all marginalized populations. My hope is that humanity becomes permanently ingrained in business and that we get to a point when no one remembers a time when this was not the case.”
June 23, 2020
The past few weeks have been an intense time of reflection and action-planning for me and our leadership team. Frankly, while I’ve always believed that Peloton is a force of good in the world, and that we’ve created an inclusive workplace and community for everyone, I’ve been humbled to realize what a privilege it has been for me to be satisfied with that belief.
To be clear, I haven’t been blind to injustices and inequality in our society. They’ve been plain to see my entire life, and these same calls for justice have been made for decades, centuries even. What has also been true for decades is that we must proactively reduce inequality, with a particular emphasis on reducing the persistent disparities experienced in our Black communities. This is the work of anti-racism, and the journey for Peloton begins NOW.
We shared this news with the Peloton team last week and would now like to share it with you: Effective immediately, we are announcing Peloton’s commitment to invest $100 million over the next four years to fight racial injustice and inequity in our world and to promote health and well-being for all. In this pivotal time in history, I believe we have an enormous responsibility to do our part to combat systemic racism, and I am committed to ensuring that we use our resources, platform and influence to change our society for the better—into a place where everyone can and will thrive.
This kind of important work starts from the inside out, and our highest level of responsibility in this ongoing journey is to our own team members, especially those on our frontline who are the backbone of our organization. In order to do what is right for the world, we must ensure that, at all times, we are doing right by our team who works tirelessly to foster and execute on our Members-first philosophy.
In an effort to make a real impact—internally at Peloton, within our community of 2.6 million Members and with the Black community at large—we’ll be investing and delivering broadly across five areas to fight racial injustice and inequity:
1. We commit to addressing global economic inequity, starting with investing $60 million to increase the hourly wages of our own workforce. Effective July 1, all North American and European-based, non-commissioned hourly team members at Peloton are getting a $3 USD-per-hour pay increase. This change brings the starting hourly rate at Peloton to $19.00 USD.
2. We commit to addressing our own job opportunity gap by investing $20 million in Learning + Development programs with a dedicated focus on our hourly teammates.
3. We commit to continuing to support the fight against systemic racism at the institutional level, by investing $20 million in third-party, nonprofit organizations dedicated to this cause. This will continue the initiative we started last month with our $500,000 donation to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
4. We commit to doing our part to democratize access to fitness and bring health and wellness to all communities. We will make our product and content more accessible to underserved communities (via our digital and connected fitness platforms). In four years, it is our goal that at least 10% of our classes are streamed to and taken by members of these communities.
5. We commit to becoming a truly anti-racist organization and delivering on our robust, long-term agenda of diversity + inclusion goals, beginning immediately with anti-racism learning opportunities at all levels of the company, a review and report of diversity data, a comprehensive inclusivity audit and the implementation of bias-mitigating strategies in all key points of the employee lifecycle (hiring, reviews, promotion and more). We have a lot to do here, and this is our shared responsibility.
“Together we go far” means that we are greater than the sum of our parts, stronger collectively when each one of us is at our best. I’m looking forward to working alongside all of you to create a world we are proud of—a world that is equitable, kind and a truly inclusive place for all.
It’s time to get started.
We Will Continue to Push Forward Together
And together means all of us. Watch this space as we continue to push ourselves and what’s possible.
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