Airbnb sets revised diversity goals

United States: Airbnb says it will improve diversity in its ranks because it “is far from happy with the status quo”.

By the end of 2025, Airbnb is aiming for 20% of its US workforce to be “underrepresented minorities,” up from 12% currently.

Its second goal is to increase the representation of women to 50% by the end of 2025. Currently, Airbnb claims that there are 46.9% women worldwide.

The goals come after Airbnb pledged in June to have 20% people of color on its board and leadership team by the end of 2021.

In May 2019, Melissa Thomas-Hunt joined Airbnb as Global Head of Diversity and Belonging.

“As the former Vice Provost of Vanderbilt University, Melissa’s first effort at Airbnb was to launch a company-wide diversity and belonging inventory of our internal processes and practices. Over the past few years, we’ve made progress in our efforts, but we know we still have a lot of work to do,” the company said at the time.

“As the pandemic has caused changes in travel around the world that have led Airbnb to significantly slow our hiring plans this year, we have continued to work tirelessly to make Airbnb an environment where people from all backgrounds, identities and experiences feel respected, valued and able to contribute meaningfully,” he said this week.

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