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Pinterest commits to a more diverse workforce

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By Minda Smiley | Reporter

July 30, 2015 | 2 min read

Pinterest has outlined a number of goals it plans to meet by 2016 in order to make the company more diverse.

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The initiatives include: increasing hiring rates for full-time engineering roles to 30 per cent female and 8 per cent minorities, increasing hiring rates for non-engineering roles to 12 per cent underrepresented ethnic backgrounds, and implementing a requirement where at least one female and one minority are interviewed for every open leadership position.

The company announced its plans in a blog post in an effort to go on record with its hiring goals.

“We think one reason it’s been hard to get numbers to change is that companies haven’t started specific goals,” the post said. “By sharing these goals publicly, we’re holding ourselves accountable to make meaningful changes to how we approach diversity at Pinterest.”

While the company said it has made progress on this front in the past year – the number of female employees has grown from 40 to 42 per cent, and engineering interns are now 36 per cent female as compared to 32 per cent a year ago – the social platform acknowledged that there is still a lot more work to do.

To meet these goals, it plans to expand the set of universities it recruits from, launch an early identification intern program for students from underrepresented backgrounds, and have employees participate in training to prevent unconscious bias.

It also said it plans to share what works and what doesn’t in an effort to be more transparent and hopefully inspire other companies – specifically in the tech realm – to follow suit.

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