Living our values

Values are basic and fundamental beliefs that guide attitudes and actions. They help us to determine what is important to us. At Quiip, our values are embedded across every aspect of our business – from the way we operate as a company, to the clients we choose to work with, and how we re-invest our revenue.

As an entirely distributed company that advocated for radical flexibility whilst supporting employees holistically – we’ve always done things our way. And it was this type of approach to doing business differently, that led us to B Corp certification in 2018.

 

As a B Corporation, we’re part of a global mission of people who believe that companies should look after their people, their environment and their communities.

 

In an effort to leave the planet in a better state than where we found it, we continue to make serious strides towards being a more purposeful, ethical and flexible business. 

 

We also strongly believe in creating safe and productive online spaces and were the first organisational signatories to the Australian Community Managers Code of Ethics. 

 

See more details about some of our core initiatives below.

Pledge 1%

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We have joined forces with companies such as Atlassian, Salesforce and Yelp to Pledge 1% of our staff time, product, profit, and/or equity to any charity of the team’s choosing. 

 

At Quiip, we have committed a step further, by pledging 1% of revenue rather than profit. Chosen each year by consensus, last year’s charities of choice were the Australian Indigenous Literacy foundation, Sea Shepherd, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and the Australian Marine Conservation Foundation. We also match employee charity donations up to $500. 

 

Because the Pledge 1% initiative doesn’t just stop at financial donations, we also pledge our time to give back to the community. Quiip currently pledges 150 hours (1% of our team’s time) to supporting not-for-profits and social enterprises via the Pro-Bono Purpose Project (PPP) initiative.

Net zero by 2030

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In 2019, we joined over 700 B Corporations around the world in publicly committing to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions leading to net zero by the year 2030—20 years ahead of the 2050 targets set in the Paris Agreement.

 

We’re pleased to announce a new milestone on our journey to Netzero – as of September 2020 we’re officially carbon neutral! This status was achieved with the help of Pathzero, a visionary Australian start-up who have created a self-serve emissions management platform that has been designed to enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to measure their carbon footprint, reduce their impact and share their carbon neutrality with confidence.

Employee wellbeing

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B Corp Certification is a holistic assessment, looking at 5 key areas of business. One of the areas Quiip performs strongly in is The Workers Impact Area. This evaluates a company’s contribution to its employees’ financial, physical, professional, and social well-being. Some of our initiatives in this space include:

 

  • Radical flexibility – no head office, no commute, no cubicles and no nine-to-five
  • Uprise EAP service – We have employed EAP providers Uprise whose mission is to provide the best tools for people to self-manage their mental health and to make accessing a professional simple and easy. An Australian supplier, they were founded by Dr Jay Spence, a clinical psychologist
  • Diversity and inclusion – We have introduced Culture Amp’s survey to create a baseline for improvement on our DEI efforts and we put our staff through SBS’ cultural competence training
  • Employee Perks – Our workplace benefits scheme offers professional & personal development, a fitbit, health & wellbeing payments and more. Quiip also offers interest free loans of up to $2000.

You can learn more about our B Corp journey here and read our B Impact Assessment 2020 report here.

Quiip initiatives that have astounded and impressed me have been things like paid Cultural Competence Training from SBS, team members voting for charities/causes that Quiip could donate to, and an option to nominate a non-profit or purpose-driven organisation to work with on a volunteer basis for two days a year (hours paid for by Quiip). I love working for a company that contributes value to the community beyond what will bring profit, that openly promotes love and kindness. It’s a very nurturing environment.

Dan de Sousa

Quiip is easily the most flexible company I’ve ever worked for, which has given me the ability to balance a music career, frequent travel, and other work opportunities as they arise. We set our own hours, and there’s no limit to the amount of time we can take off. I’ve taken time off to tour, write and record, and in 2017 to spend a month as an artist in residence in Malta. I’m so proud to be part of a company that recognises that work is only one piece of life’s puzzle.

Lani Bagley

Everything I learnt about Quiip in the onboarding process - their values and business philosophies - I've seen put into action, either in my interactions with other Quiipees, or through various initiatives that demonstrate a genuine interest in doing business for good. I feel proud to work for a company that gives back in meaningful ways, whether that's through the Quiip Pro Bono Purpose Projects, or donating 1% of profit to charities that were chosen collaboratively by the whole team. Quiip places such a strong emphasis on people and community, which is reflected in the way all our voices are heard. Benefits like the annual wellbeing bonus and a Fitbit for each staff member make me feel like my health and happiness matters. As a musician, and someone who lives abroad, flexibility is so important to me, in being able to work from anywhere and take time off if I need to rehearse or travel. Despite operating on a different time zone to the rest of the team, I feel just as involved and engaged, thanks to a remote work culture that is managed by the experts in community and genuinely fun to be part of. I feel like our lives outside of work are considered just as important as our time on the clock.

Maddi Duke

Working for Quiip has really changed my perspective on what is truly flexible working. I work part-time at Quiip in addition to a full-time job, and Quiip’s leadership in radical flexibility has meant I have worked every single hour of my 6 years at Quiip remotely, whether that has been at home, at cafes or on the road. The perks at Quiip are ‘out of this world’ good, and really take staff recognition to the next level - things like bonuses for our yearly anniversaries, health and wellbeing support payments, care packages with treats, coffee and gift vouchers sent to our doors for no reason other than to make us all feel that extra bit special. I was also really happy to be able to take advantage of Quiip's new secondary caregiver leave after the birth of my second son earlier this year. These things really give you that literal warm and fuzzy feeling of working for a company that really cares about its people.

Jay Batten