Effective March 31, 2023
The purpose of the GitLab Inc. (“GitLab”) Philanthropy Policy (“Policy”) is to provide guidance for GitLab’s philanthropic giving and activities to Registered Nonprofit Organizations (as defined below) that align with GitLab’s Values, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategy, and help advance GitLab’s mission to make it so that everyone can contribute.
GitLab’s ESG Team is responsible for all the ESG activities outlined below. Decisions to support Registered Nonprofit Organizations will be vetted by the ESG Team and will follow the approval matrix below:
Any budget request outside of the amount approved under GitLab’s annual operating plan will require GitLab’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee approval.
GitLab supports Registered 501c3 (or jurisdictional equivalent) Nonprofit Organizations in good standing that align with our Values. A “Registered Nonprofit Organization” is one that has been registered with the local government or authorized agency within its applicable local, state, provincial, federal or national government.
GitLab prioritizes Registered Nonprofit Organizations that help advance GitLab’s social and environmental key topics that were defined in GitLab’s 2022 materiality assessment. GitLab’s current social and environmental key topics are:
Please note that the decision and criteria to support Registered Nonprofit Organizations is at the discretion of GitLab.
GitLab anticipates contributing financially to Registered Nonprofit Organizations. GitLab endeavors to build long-term partnerships with community organizations and avoid a transactional approach to its corporate giving.
GitLab anticipates donating up to 5,000 seats annually to Registered Nonprofit Organizations. Interested Registered Nonprofit Organizations will be required to apply and will be vetted for registration and standing status. Licenses will be donated on a first come first serve basis in this first iteration. The number of seats to be donated within a fiscal year will be reviewed annually by the ESG Team, the FP&A Business Partner, and Chief Legal Officer.
Please see GitLab’s Trade Compliance Policy Handbook for a list of embargoed countries. Registered Nonprofit Organizations in embargoed countries are not eligible for the in-kind donation program.
GitLab encourages team members to get involved in the causes they care about. From time to time GitLab’s ESG or Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) Teams may organize company-wide volunteer events and may include a volunteer component at GitLab-sponsored events, where applicable. GitLab team members and team member resource groups (TMRGs) can suggest organizations to support through volunteerism.
Philanthropic donations approved by the Board prior to March 30, 2023, are excluded from this Policy.
GitLab does not issue licenses to Registered Nonprofit Organizations located in China as that market is provided for by GitLab’s joint venture in the region.
As GitLab generally avoids discussing politics or religion in public forums because it is easy to alienate people with a minority opinion, we also generally avoid partnering with political or religious-oriented Registered Nonprofit Organizations.
The Chief Legal Officer may delegate their approval authority provided in this Policy. In order for the delegation to be effective, it may not exceed 90 days in duration and written notice of delegation.
The Board reserves the right in its sole discretion to amend or grant waivers to this Policy. Any amendment of this Policy must be approved by the Board. Any amendments or waivers may be publicly disclosed if required by applicable laws, rules and regulations.