Torq’s Commitment to Social Responsibility and Small Businesses

After just one year in business, Torq has experienced tremendous traction, including 385% customer growth, a 360% revenue increase, and 150% headcount expansion. However, our founders and employees are focused not just on growing the business and culture, but on giving back to charities, small businesses, and community outreach organizations. Everyone at Torq understands we’re part of a larger global ecosystem and wishes to have a positive impact on the world around us.

How is Torq doing that? Here are a few examples:

Event-Driven Giving

Torq is driven to offset the environmental and community impact incurred from in-person events by donating to:

  • Friends of TreesOur team will be participating in a tree-planting event Torq helped fund via booth donations at RSAC 2022
  • Carbon Neutrality – Torq is donating to different carbon neutrality-focused organizations to compensate for the carbon emissions from traveling to Black Hat US and EU 2022
  • Red Cross – Hurricane Ian Disaster Relief – For every booth visitor at Gartner IT Xpo and Symposium, Torq donated to disaster relief efforts for the communities in Florida impacted by Hurricane Ian
  • Homeless Shelters – Torq routinely donates basic clothing necessities to the homeless

Supporting Local Businesses

From employee gifts to event swag to supplies for the office, Torq predominantly sources from local, women-owned, and BIPOC (Black and Indigenous People of Color)-owned companies. Some of those amazing organizations include:

  • Spruce Supply – We welcome all our new Torq team members with a fantastic gift basket from this Pacific Northwest women-owned small business

  • Sammy’s Flowers – This Portland small business provides beautiful bouquets for our employees and their families for all occasions
  • Talise Garden – We purchase plants from this Portland-based women- and minority-owned business specializing in sustainable botany and greenery
  • Honey Bug – All our new baby Torqers receive a gift from this wonderful women-owned business that provides artisan-sourced products 
  • Glow Gift We use this Portland-based women-owned small business to deliver unique team recognition gifts to recognize outstanding achievements
  • Animal Instincts Apparel – All of our custom t-shirts for 2022 were printed locally in San Francisco with this wonderful SF-originated business, using local print vendors and sustainable materials/practices.

Honoring Veterans

Torq recognizes the critical contributions of military veterans that have bravely and selflessly served their countries and the world at large. Torq, its customers, and partners, have many veterans. Austin Rhodes, our regional sales lead, has recognized veterans this year with recognition and a special gift, including a Folds of Honor coin, and a matching donation from Torq to support educational pursuits for the families of fallen and disabled veterans. 

LinkedIn Veterans Day Post

Social and Cultural Inclusion Events

Torq is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace. Part of that commitment includes holding cultural engagement events and proudly celebrating everything that makes each staff member unique. Some examples include:

  • Pride Month Speaker and Breakfast Our Israel and US teams came together in the office and on Zoom for a discussion with Bianca Lewis from LGBTech, a company dedicated to making the workforce more diverse and inclusive for the LGBT+ community
  • Hispanic Heritage Month – Torq hosted a virtual empanada-making class for its team to learn how to make guava empanadas while learning about Latino culture and history

Hispanic Heritage Month LinkedIn Post

We’d like to thank everyone, including our employees, customers, partners, and vendors for being so generous with their time and resources. 

These events, activities, and contributions are just the beginning for Torq. We’ll be expanding our focus to include more communities, small businesses, and sustainability-based endeavors throughout 2023 and beyond.

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