At Niantic, we are focused on building technology that inspires people to explore the world, together. We see the real world as a place where everyone belongs, and where good things can happen when we are inclusive, equitable, and foster positive community engagement. Our games have been a source of joy for many people around the world, and getting outside safely, connecting with others, is where we see real life impact happen. In parallel, we are continually working to ensure that our social impact, diversity, and inclusion programs effectively support the ever evolving world we all live in.
After a year of beginning to re-emerge, safely gathering together outside, planting flowers, and launching some really big things, we’re excited to report back on what we did in 2021, as well as to consider where we’re headed.
Activations like our Stop AAPI Hate initiative brought support and engagement to locally owned small businesses and worked to stand up for equality. Our continued commitment to the Black Lives Matter movement included providing funding to 5 developers as part of the Black Developers Initiative, as well as supporting organizations like BLKOUT Murals and Monumental Reckoning. Niantics also completed more than 1,500 hours of anti-racism and anti-bias training across our organization. Niantics also worked to implement a more inclusive avatar system for our games, and Players hosted community events with organizations like Escuelas Sustentables and CicLAvia focused on sustainability, education, and exploration.
In aggregate, Players have walked more than 6.93B kilometers in 2021, exploring the avenues of public space and community building.
We continue to be committed to supporting and fostering communities that are built in the real world, by the people who live in the real world. We believe that when we all work together to build things that are representative of the whole, we all win.
- The Social Impact & Diversity and Inclusion Teams