About the CSW: Companies category

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This category is for introducing companies that do sustainability-oriented work in Clojure (see below for what that covers). Companies listed here can then post job offers in the #clojure-sustainability-works:csw-jobs category.

To introduce a company, create a post with the following information:

  • In the post title: the name of the company, preferably followed by a short synopsis, e.g “HotSolarMetaInc - combining geospatial data with legal documents to optimize subsidies for solar installations.”
  • Basic information such as a link to the company’s website, contact info, etc.
  • A brief description of how Clojure is involved, e.g “we use Clojure to program the data aggregation pipeline behind our web UI”.
  • An answer to the question "How is this sustainability-oriented work?"

This last point is important. It is required to prevent companies from abusively listing themselves in this directory, and important to help Clojure programmers assess the impact of the project. A discussion may ensue, which might ask for more details and even challenge. The goal is not to prove that the company’s work unquestionably results in progress towards sustainability (that’s often not objectively possible), but to help programmers decide whether the project has the sort of impact they believe in and want to contribute to. Disagreement and doubts can be expected here, and that’s fine (arguably, it’s a good sign).

If you’re not sure whether a given company belongs here, see the section What qualifies as sustainability-oriented work? below.

What qualifies as sustainability-oriented work?

It’s hard to give precise criteria, but let us say companies which main activity arguably contributes to transforming the world in order to mitigate or adapt to issues like climate change, biodiversity collapse, resources exhaustion, land degradation, etc.

In particular, having CSR policies or similar pledges is NOT be enough to qualify as sustainability-oriented. Here are examples of invalid claims for sustainability-orientation :

  • “We have a climate strategy, so I guess we’re sustainability-oriented”
  • “At CorporationB, we think that sustainability is very important”
  • “We take action to reduce the footprint of our computing infrastructure”
  • “We have a culture of taking care of one-another”
  • “We solve problems, therefore sustainability really resonates with us, as sustainability is about solving problems”
  • “Our activity is not about sustainability per se, but we have strong diversity policies, so we’re good guys”
  • “We make our customers more productive, giving them time and leverage to work on their sustainability issues”
  • “We contribute to economic development, therefore we make the world a better place, which is what sustainability is about”

To be clear, the above doesn’t mean that such initiatives are not valuable, only that they are not relevant for being listed here.

Likewise, while we cannot provide a scientific definition for it, we emphasize that what is meant by sustainability-orientation is a much more specific requirement than “acting for good”, and that the relationship to sustainability must be reasonably direct. For example: while offering accessible education is definitely a very commendable goal (if you’re doing that, props to you!), and generally moves people closer to environmental consciousness, the relationship to sustainability is too nebulous to make a project qualify for being listed here.