Twitter has made a promise, albeit a bit vague, to make sure its workforce is more diverse.
The company has partnered with the UN’s HeForShe initiative, a “solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity, for the benefit of all.”
“Twitter will use its full reach to advance gender equality around the world, amplifying the HeForShe movement to reach millions of individuals. In 2014, Twitter, along with others in the technology industry, took the bold step of transparently sharing their workforce demographic data. To advance gender equality within Twitter and across the tech industry, Twitter will continue to support key initiatives that provide women with mentoring and opportunities in STEM, and reform its own people practices to increase the representation of women at Twitter,” says Twitter.
The company didn’t go into detail as what it would do in future hiring practices, but it did make a general promise to make the company more representative of the general population.
Twitter says it is “wholly committed to building a representative workforce, and is dedicated to ensuring fairness in all people decisions, including hiring, promoting, and paying.”
— Twitter (@twitter) June 18, 2015
As of today, only 30% of Twitter’s workforce is female – and only 10% of its technical workforce.
Of course, Twitter is far from the only tech company with these sorts of diversity issues.
Earlier this week, Facebook confirmed that it was implementing a “Rooney Rule” of sorts, forcing departments to consider at least one minority candidate for any open position before making a hire.
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