Feb 28, 2023 - World

Nike, Airbnb among hundreds of companies pledging to hire more Hispanics

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Over 300 companies including Nike, IBM, and Airbnb have signed on to a corporate pledge to hire and engage more Hispanics.

Why it matters: U.S. Latinos' purchasing power and share of the population keeps growing, but they're severely underrepresented in corporate America.

Details: The new framework will formally launch tomorrow but was first presented in January during the World Economic Forum at Davos.

  • It builds upon a pledge introduced in 2019 and focused on hiring Latinos, but adds more goals, best practices, and ways to measure improvements.
  • For example, one of the goals of the updated pledge is for corporations to contract with more Hispanic owned-and-operated businesses. Another is to build pipelines for retention and promotions.
  • The framework was developed with the help of University of Chicago academics and input from about 30 Hispanic-focused groups, including the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Latinas in Tech.

Yes, but: Critics say it's easy for companies that are under pressure to diversify their ranks and improve their practices to not follow through on promises to improve.

What they're saying: Claudia Romo Edelman, founder of the diversity advocacy group We Are All Human, which is behind the initiative, says the pledge allows companies to track their progress via a survey.

  • "Companies today understand that without engaging and investing in Hispanics/Latinos/Latinx there is no way they can continue to grow. Their question is how — and that's where this pledge comes into play," says Romo Edelman.
  • "It's a promise to employees but also an entryway to pushing forward and accessing the promised land of growth that Latinos are," she adds.

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