Pinterest shared its workplace diversity statistics. Pinterest also outlined its 2016 goals in a blog post.
Pinterest recently released its workplace diversity statistics on its official blog. In the blog post Pinterest revealed the company staff is lacking in diversity. Pinterest shared a majority of its staff are white or Asian. So Pinterest is ready to take action to rectify the diversity problem.
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According to Pinterest it will focus on its hiring practices. The company also revealed major goals for the year 2016. The co-founder of Pinterest, Evan Sharp, stated that the company is sharing the goals for 2016.
The public announcement is to make meaningful changes as an approach to diversity. Sharp further stated they are holding themselves accountable and will keep on sharing their work. Sharp also stated they hope other companies also learn from their example.
Currently 42 percent of the employees at Pinterest are women. But men make up 79 to 81 percent of employees in the technical and engineering divisions. Pinterest revealed for 2016 they will increase hiring of female engineers.
The goal is to make sure 30 percent of their engineers are women. Pinterest will hire at least 8 percent engineers from under-represented ethnic backgrounds. Hiring of individuals from under-represented ethnic backgrounds in other departments will be 21 percent. A Rooney Rule-type need will be implemented.
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To make sure all the goals will be achieved Pinterest is launching the Inclusion Labs. Inclusion Labs will be launched in collaboration with the strategy firm Paradigm. Inclusion Labs will focus on diversity strategies. The project will start recruiting employees through internship programs.