This year has been a big, complex, challenging one. It's been full of tragedy and tough decisions, and it's been hard on both individuals and businesses alike. Here at 1767, we haven't been immune to the impact of the pandemic, to the civil rights issues in our country, or even to the tornado that struck Nashville at the beginning of this year — all of these things have challenged our business, challenged our humanity, and challenged us to protect our friends, family and team like we never have before.
Despite these challenges, we think we're better for it.
We decided to take this year as an opportunity to reframe our business and to better align our practices with our own beliefs; beliefs that we're so grateful to share with our team members and many of our customers. We've made many changes, some large and some small, in order to support only those causes that we believe in. Today, we're going to share a few of our core values with all of you.
We are committed to lessening our environmental impact.
Our business was built on an idea of sustainable construction: by rescuing wood from homes that developers and homeowners would otherwise throw away, we would create works of art that our customers would cherish. Our process creates little to no waste, and we are so proud of that concept. As our team grows, we know that our environmental responsibility does, too; as we work to open a brand new studio and showroom in East Nashville, we are taking steps to reduce waste and make our new facility more environmentally conscious.
We are committed to racial and gender equality.
1767 ownership and team members are all committed to racial and gender equality, both in the workplace and in our own personal lives. We are committed to speaking out in support of social justice causes and creating a more diverse community in our city and at 1767. While our team is already diverse in terms of race, gender and sexual orientation, we'll continue to expand our hiring net to become even more inclusive as 1767 grows.
We are committed to preserving Nashville's history and encouraging responsible growth.
While we love our city and want it to thrive, we are first and foremost committed to preserving its historic architecture. We don't always agree with the homes and historic structures that are demolished, and our business was born from a desire to preserve a part of these beautiful buildings. As Nashville grows, we are committed to slow, thoughtful design and doing our part to only add to the city.
CHANGE AT 1767
- We made donations to racial equality organizations in Nashville. In the wake of the George Floyd murder, we marched with our neighbors and made $1,000 donations to each of these three organizations: Black Lives Matter Nashville, The Equity Alliance and Teens for Equality. We will continue to donate, and to support these and other organizations. You can read our full statement here.
- We switched our fulfillment services from Uline to Grainger. Like many businesses who share our values, we were disappointed to hear that our former shipping service, Uline, has been making substantial donations to support the Trump campaign. In light of these findings, we switched our shipping service to Grainger, another shipping service with environmentally friendlier shipping options and sustainable business practices.
- We made thoughtful decisions about our supply vendors. While we love supporting small businesses, a business like ours (that goes through tools and construction supplies fairly regularly) requires a very large-scale home improvement store. We decided to make Lowes our go-to for the majority of our tools and supplies after learning that the store donated $25 million to support minority and female-owned businesses stay afloat during the pandemic.
We are continuing to learn, listen and grow, just as we know all of you are. We know that these values are important to you, and we want you to always know where we stand at 1767 — today, tomorrow and always.