Airbnb bats for D&I, will include more women, minorities in workforce

By 2021, 20% of its workforce in the US will be minorities and 50% of global workforce will comprise women by 2025

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Airbnb has pledged to integrate more minorities from underrepresented communities in the US. It will also ensure that 50 per cent of its global workforce will comprise women by 2025.

Currently underrepresented minorities — American Indian, Alaska Natives, African Americans, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders — make up just 12 per cent of the Company’s employee base. It has only two African Americans on its executive team — Kenneth Chenault, board member and Melissa Thomas-Hunt, head- global diversity and belonging.

Earlier this year, the American vacation rental company had committed to diversify and add more people of color (POC) by the end of 2021, and include more women in its board of directors and executive team in five years’ time. It intends to progress towards these goals by improving recruitment, promotion and retention practices.

The Black Lives Matter campaign has only fuelled the Company’s resolve to diversify their employee and executive base.

Data from November reveals Airbnb’s its global women’s representation stands at 46.9 per cent, which will make it easier for the company to increase its women representation by 2025.

This isn’t the first time the Company has committed to setting diversity goals. In 2016, Airbnb had committed to increasing the number of employees from the underrepresented groups from 9.64 per cent to 11 per cent by the end of 2017.

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