Oct 27, 2021 - Technology

Paradigm gives tech firms a diversity Blueprint

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Paradigm, the consulting firm run by Joelle Emerson, is launching Blueprint — a self-service tool that companies can use to see how their policies and practices stack up on facilitating diversity, equity and inclusion.

Why it matters: Despite much talk and significant financial investment, the tech industry has failed to become appreciably more diverse in recent years.

How it works: The self-service tool ranks companies on five categories, covering areas such as how leaders are held accountable for diversity goals, techniques used for hiring and recruiting, how companies measure and track employee experiences and how employees are represented across the company.

  • Companies get suggestions for the improvements that would most meaningfully improve their diversity efforts, along with recommended resources and best practices.
  • Blueprint costs $15,000 per year, regardless of company size.

Between the lines: Emerson, a diversity consultant and former civil rights lawyer, said the goal of Blueprint is not to offer up a public score but rather to show companies where they can most meaningfully invest.

  • Most of the companies in the beta testing scored poorly, she notes.
  • "Even the best organizations have a lot of work to do on these things," Emerson said.

Go deeper: Read Axios' recent Hard Truths series on systemic racism in tech

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