About the Inclusive Naming Initiative

The Inclusive Naming Initiative’s mission is to help companies and projects remove all harmful and unclear language of any kind and replace it with an agreed-upon set of neutral terms. The initiative’s goal is to define processes and tools to remove harmful language from projects. This includes creating a comprehensive list of terms with replacements, language evaluation frameworks and templates, and infrastructure to aid the transition. Red Hat, IBM, LF Networking, and the Kubernetes Naming WG are all already on board.


We’re looking to:

  • Provide a consistent set of language recommendations in projects
  • Recommend implementation paths for different use cases
  • Provide tooling to measure implementation success
  • Act as a platform for community recognition of organizations actively doing the work


Note: Roadmap is subject to change

  • Q1 2021

    • Define best practices and replacements with the community, providing documents and tools for folx to get started
    • Discuss at KubeCon community meeting
  • Q3 2021

    • Showcase case studies and success stories
    • Share wins at KubeCon 2021
  • Q4 2021 (based on demand)

    • Develop certification program

Who is involved?

Our leadership team includes members from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Cisco, Red Hat, VMWare and IBM. We are currently seeking representatives from other companies and open source projects looking to make these changes consistently!

Sound interesting?

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