Black History Month 2021 has provided us with the beautiful opportunity to celebrate and elevate all that is Black and British. This is important all year round, but October presents the special occasion to reflect on our history and future - after all, Black History is British history.
Last year, the Black Lives Matter protests following the murder of George Floyd had a powerful impact that reverbarated in every corner of the globe.
Across the UK, individuals and companies publicly committed to making a change. There seemed to be a widespread realisation that it was our collective responsibility to ensure an equitable world for all.
Whilst the protests have become less ubiquitous, ensuring that black people have access to all the same opportunities as white people, remains as important as ever.
At Octopus, we have been committed to making a positive change in the world since our inception. Our mission is to grant access to clean and affordable green energy to all, to help create a healthy planet. However, we know there can be no climate justice without racial justice.
Over the past year, we have done lots of internal work to play our part in making the energy industry more diverse, including a successful 8 week Tech and Operations Internship, as well as overhauling our recruitment process (read more about this below).
We are continuing to support black charities with our £100,000+ internal OE Black Lives Matter fund, by donating both time and money.
We’re also delighted to share a digital version of our Second Edition Black History Month magazine below. It features profiles from some of the brilliant people at Octopus, as well as fascinating articles written by black British writers on racial and environmental justice.
There is still lots of work to be done to create a truly equal world and at Octopus, we plan to be a part of the solution.
HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH
and as always,
BLACK LIVES MATTER ❤️
Samsam, Blog writer