We seek to ensure DEI is in our DNA.

We care about how our platform is used and recognize that it reflects the values of the people who build it. We strive to bring unique experiences, ideas, and perspectives to grow an inclusive culture reflecting our global community, in order to ensure equitable distribution of the benefits of our platform.

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Employee Resource Groups at Ginkgo

Affinity is the tendency of a chemical species such as an atom or molecule to react with another to form a chemical compound. At Ginkgo, we realize that folks will find common ground around the identities and experiences that each team member brings to the table. We want to provide spaces for our team to elevate and provide a collective voice around shared issues or concerns.

Bioworkers for Asian Pacific Islander Communities



The purpose of BAPIC is to foster an inclusive space for the diverse needs of the Asian and Pacific Islander population. To achieve this, we:

-Build a culture of belonging and solidarity for Bioworkers, providing a safe space to build empathy and share experience.

-Drive awareness and open dialogue around the varied needs of our diverse demographic.

-Identify intersectionality between ERGs to create active allyship across Ginkgo.

-Support leadership & career development among all members.

LatinX and Hispanic Bioworkers



LaB+ provides a gathering space and cultivates belonging for Bioworkers with Latino and Hispanic roots. We seek to develop a strong community by offering professional development, social and outreach events while promoting the visibility of LaB+ within an inclusive multicultural community.


Bioworkers with Disabilities

Bioworkers with Disabilities

The mission of Bioworkers with Disabilities is to build awareness surrounding disability inclusion issues and to create and hold a community space for disabled, chronically ill, and neurodivergent Bioworkers and their allies. To support this vision, we:

-Acknowledge and center the voice of Bioworkers with lived experience, honoring how each individual chooses to identify themselves (e.g., choosing whether to disclose disability status at all or specifying a preference between person-first vs identity-first language) and employing an intersectional lens to amplify the perspectives of those with multiply marginalized identities.

-Increase awareness and understanding of disabilities across Ginkgo and break down barriers and stigmas surrounding disability in the workplace through education, events, and communications.

-Empower all Bioworkers to feel supported and fully integrated at Ginkgo by advocating for disability-inclusive policies, equitable access, and accommodations, with the belief that accessibility benefits everyone, regardless of abilities.

-Foster a sense of belonging and community and offer a safe and welcoming forum to seek the encouragement and camaraderie of others who face or have faced similar challenges.

Veterans and allies

Veterans Connect

Veterans Connect

Veterans Connection provides a space to help Veteran Bioworkers to succeed through their transition to civilian service; support Veterans and their families’ needs; share their experiences with the broader Ginkgo community and serve as a resource to help recruit Veteran talent to Ginkgo.




BRAVE’s mission is to cultivate an internal culture of belonging; advance diverse representation at all levels of the organization to reflect the diversity of biosecurity needs; normalize broad accessibility of our biosecurity offerings; and envision and embed visionary equity in all aspects of next-generation biosecurity.

Black and AFrican-American

Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson

The purpose of the Katherine Johnson (KJ) ERG is to facilitate the success and retention of Ginkgo’s Black/African American/Afro-X, employees by enriching our professional lives, creating connections, and promoting environments that welcome, value and leverage our diversity within Ginkgo. Our activities seek not only to advance professional development opportunities and resources for our members, but also within the broader Black/African American/Afro-X community. We aim to create a safe space to discuss the issues we face and be authentically ourselves, without judgment.

underrepresented genders

Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin

The mission of the Rosalind Franklin employee resource group (ERG) for underrepresented genders (URG) is to build resources that will increase gender diversity and equity at Ginkgo, empower our members and URG Bioworkers to enable them to become successful at Ginkgo by:

Building an inclusive community where members are safe to discuss and create awareness around disparities and other issues faced by URG Bioworkers, 

Providing tools and resources to address those issues and to support each other in our professional and personal growth, 

Strengthening Ginkgo’s efforts to attract, retain, and develop URG Bioworkers and enhance their career satisfaction,

Advocating for growth opportunities and the elevation to leadership roles for URG Bioworkers across the company,

Educating our colleagues about the issues URG Bioworkers face and helping them to support us as allies, and

Engaging in community outreach to increase gender diversity across STEM fields.




To foster an environment of openness and acceptance within Ginkgo, and to serve as a network of friends, families, and allies for Bioworkers across the full SOGIE spectrum who believe in and work toward achieving social equality. 

Strengthening Ginkgo’s efforts to attract, retain, and develop Bioworkers across the SOGIE spectrum and enhance their career satisfaction;

Provide outreach and education across Ginkgo in order to foster understanding and awareness of the identities, experiences and challenges within the SOGIE community;

We aim to sustain visibility and a sense of community throughout the organization.

*SOGIE means Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression

Ginkgo Diversity Data

Last updated: 2.25.2022

We feel that it is important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry, and that needs to change. Our goal is to help drive that change. Ginkgo is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in all of its practices, especially when it comes to growing our team. Our culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with people from all walks of life.

We’re developing a powerful biological engineering platform, so we must remain mindful of the many ways our technology can – and will – impact people around the world. We care about how our platform is used, and having a diverse team to build it gives us the best chance that it’s something we’ll be proud of as it continues to grow. Therefore, it’s critical that we incorporate the diverse voices and visions of all those who play a role in the future of biology.

It’s Ginkgo Bioworks’ policy to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.

Diversity Dashboard

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