F5, Inc. is an American technology company specializing in application security, multi-cloud management, online fraud prevention, application delivery networking, application availability & performance, network security, and access & authorization. F5 is committed to being a force for social good. This passion for giving back has been at the heart of the company since its inception. And for nearly 25 years, it’s been the dedication and grassroots efforts of the employees that have driven the “business of doing good” at F5.
Making connections is an integral part of the F5 company company DNA. F5 solutions help organizations take their innovative ideas from development to delivery quickly and securely. And this commitment to connection extends to their role as global citizens as well.
The F5 team believes that the connection between our digital code and our human code is how we help build, support, and empower our communities. Therefore, they are committed to wholeheartedly doing their part—by putting forward their best individual and collective efforts—to help every person, anywhere, feel valued and connected to the greater whole.
How F5 is Investing in the Business of Doing Good
Home is where the heart is. F5ers have always demonstrated a passionate engagement with—and a deep desire to serve—the communities where they live and work. Through the Global Good program, employees can realize their passion for doing good in whatever ways work best for them. F5 corporate social responsibility initiatives include paid time off for volunteering; donation matching; opportunities for employees to participate in localized philanthropic campaigns, grant committees, the Global Good Ambassador program; and Community Impact Grants.
Code knows no boundaries. At F5, they believe that world-changing ideas should not be limited by an individual’s gender, race, nationality, or socio-economic status. F5 is committed to helping build the pipeline of tomorrow’s changemakers and future leaders through STEM Impact Grants, and by investing in global programs to increase access to STEM education and career opportunities for girls, youth of color, women, and other traditionally underrepresented groups.
Tech for Good
Increase the potential to do good. F5 is committed to extending their purpose, reach, and connections beyond the walls of F5 by using their expertise to support nonprofit organizations with their digital transformation efforts. F5 also provides Tech for Good Impact Grants and in-kind donations to help nonprofits update their technological resources, making it possible for them to streamline administrative efforts, improve data security, and—most importantly—expedite their missions so they can do even more to help those they serve.
The data shows that the experience for women of color in tech is especially different and dire. The last major research update from Reboot Representation found that women of color make up just 4% of the computing workforce and hold almost no senior leadership roles. Worse, over the prior decade, the share of Black, Latina, and Native American women obtaining computing degrees has dropped by one-third.
F5 wants to bring renewed attention and focus to this inertia in tech. They believe there is a need to muster the collective resources—not to mention, the resolve—to significantly boost the representation of BIPOC women.
This is not an impossible task.
In fact, here are 10 organizations that are expanding and diversifying the pipeline of talent in tech every day: F5's 2022 STEM Education Grant partners. These nonprofits offer STEM programming that serve a majority women and girls of color in countries across the globe. And each one is breaking down the barriers that prevent women from entering STEM careers.
So, when you’re confronted with the inevitable, “there just aren’t enough diverse candidates in the pipeline,” remember that these and many other nonprofits are working hard to reverse this trend.
Congratulations to this year’s F5 STEM Education Grant partners. And thank you for your inspiring work building STEM career paths for underrepresented women and girls of color.
The way companies engage their employees and create impact is more important now than ever before. We face global and societal challenges, and companies have the power to make a difference.
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