The world we live in is becoming increasingly liberal. That means everything starts with the concept of “equal rights”, no matter if we are men, women, gay or queer, poor or rich. That sounds fairly idealistic and possible in paper, but the truth is that the world is now more divided than it ever was. Some giant companies still stand behind the equal rights concept and try to offer it a boost by launching initiatives meant to offer a more grounded perspective over the matter.
For instance, Pinterest is taking a pretty bold stand in the push to increase diversity in the tech industry. They are not the only ones, as Google supports the initiative as well and tries to increase the number of women who run top and strategic positions inside the company.
Back to Pinterest, the San Francisco based tech giant is setting high goals to hire more women and minorities. They are making those goals public in order to win a little bit more credibility in the face and minds of their public and position themselves as active fighters and supporters for equal rights. This actually marks the first time a major tech company has peeled back the veil of secrecy to this extent.
Pinterest is also getting ready to open an experimental lab inside the walls of the company, to apply the human ingenuity that has created so many modern marvels in Silicon Valley. They are testing new ways for constructing more diverse, inclusive companies.
They have made this information public thinking that many people from diverse backgrounds will help the company fulfill their pledge to increase diversity. Half of the company is presently dominated by white people while 49% of employees are Asian. Minorities account for only 1% in the company.
As part of its diversity goals, Pinterest intends to increase its hiring rates for full time engineering jobs to 30% for women and 8% for minorities. Also, they plan to hire 12% more minorities in non-engineering jobs.
Pinterest will soon implement a new strategy, according to which at least one minority and one female is interviewed for every open leadership position.
According to their statements, Pinterest is expanding its recruiting initiatives to colleges and universities with more diverse student populations. The company is also reimagining its hiring processes, by eliminating all engineering interview candidates code on whiteboards and candidates referred by employees will no longer be offered priority.
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