Pinterest is committed to adopting the recommendations of its special committee of the board of directors, the company wrote in a blog post today. The committee formed earlier this year in June, shortly after two former employees, Banks Ifeoma Ozoma and Aerica Shimizu, went public with their allegations of racial and gender discrimination while working at Pinterest.
The committee, who retained the services of the law firm WilmerHale to conduct a workplace examination, spoke with more than 350 current and former employees to provide recommendations for improving diversity, equity and inclusion at Pinterest. Here are some of those recommendations:
- mandatory unconscious bias training for every employee, including managers and executives
- provide additional training on inclusiveness and unconscious bias
- include “diverse employees” in interview panels with job applicants
- reward employees for their efforts to support and promote the DCI
- publish a diversity report twice a year for at least two years; after two years, publish the report annually
- establish eligibility criteria for promotion
- improve Pinterest’s policy on harassment and discrimination
- create a centralized workplace investigation team to ensure consistent and fair results
You can see all recommendations here. Pinterest, in a statement to TechCrunch, said it is committed to making these changes.
“We value our people and know it is our responsibility to create a diverse, fair and inclusive environment for everyone at Pinterest,” said a spokesperson for Pinterest. “Because we understand the urgency of change, we’ve taken steps over the past few months to make sure everyone at Pinterest feels safe, welcomed and defended and believe we’re on the right track to ensuring a culture where all employees feel included and supported. “
In a note to employees, Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann said everyone in the company will have the opportunity to discuss the recommendations and ask questions later this week. Silberman also said he felt encouraged that many of the suggestions “reflected the efforts we already have underway to create a culture in which all employees feel included and supported.”
Earlier this week, Pinterest settled sex discrimination lawsuit with the former COO Françoise Brougher for $ 22.5 million. But that big payout has highlighted some of the inequalities in technology. Brougher filed his lawsuit in August, after Ozoma and Banks went public with their claims. While Brougher walked away with millions, Ozoma and Banks received less than a year of severance pay.
“So we, like in many, many, many other cases, black women put themselves in danger, shared absolutely everything that happened to us, and then laid the groundwork for someone else to be. rushes and collects “progress”, ” Ozoma previously told TechCrunch. “No progress has been made here because no rights have been granted to those who have been harmed.”