Silicon Valley has a diversity problem. Major companies, such as Google and Facebook, have come under fire for their hiring practices.
Pinterest is actively trying to avoid this pitfall, and the company today outlined its hiring goals for a more diverse workforce.
Evan Sharp, Pinterest’s co-founder and chief creative officer, blogged about the goals:
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the lack of diversity in the tech industry. Back in 2013, one of our engineers, Tracy Chou kicked off the “where are the numbers?” initiative, which revealed just how low the numbers really were. Now that companies are regularly reporting their data, it’s clear not a lot of progress has been made since then.
We think one reason it’s been so hard to get numbers to change is that companies haven’t stated specific goals. So today, we’re doing something unprecedented—we’re going on record with our hiring goals for 2016. We’re also sharing details about the new programs and improvements we have planned.
Here are Pinterest’s hiring goals for 2016:
- Increase hiring rates for full-time engineering roles to 30 percent female.
- Increase hiring rates for full-time engineers to 8 percent underrepresented ethnic backgrounds.
- Increase hiring rates for non-engineering roles to 12 percent underrepresented ethnic backgrounds.
- Implement a Rooney Rule-type requirement where at least one person from an underrepresented background and one female candidate is interviewed for every open leadership position.
Pinterest released stats on its employees, showing that overall they employ a higher percentage of women than Facebook (32 percent), Twitter (30 percent) and Google (30 percent). However, many areas still skew toward men.