One of the greatest parts of working at Airbnb is being a part of a mission-driven organization and sharing the vision of creating a world where everyone can belong–in our offices, on our platform, and throughout the world. This is a bold goal and one that each member of our global team takes seriously.
At a time when technology has made it easier to keep each other at a distance, our community is using it to bring people together. We know that if we want to create a world where everyone can belong, we need to start with ourselves.
Last month, we filed our EEO-1 (Equal Employment Opportunity report), with the U.S. Department of Labor, and we believe that sharing these numbers as we work to improve them is important. We also believe in being transparent about where we are and holding ourselves accountable for constant improvement.
The figures collected by the Department of Labor include only our US-based employees, and we employ individuals from dozens of nationalities and countries in our offices around the globe. While we are proud that our global workforce is almost equally divided between women and men, and that a significant percentage of our senior managers are women, we’re not happy with the overall numbers. They’re nowhere near good enough and we’re determined to do better.
We are already hard at work to improve and grow diversity in our offices around the world, and these are a few of the activities underway:
- We are working to hire a full-time Head of Diversity and Belonging who will lead our efforts to attract, recruit, and retain a more diverse workforce across our organization and promote belonging both internally, in our community and around the world.
- We are working with incredible groups like the Level Playing Field Institute, First Graduate, the Digital Diversity Media Network, Code 2040, Lesbians Who Tech, Anita Borg Institute and their Grace Hopper Celebration and others to build the pipeline of talented individuals from all backgrounds who have the opportunity to pursue careers in technology.
- This past February, every Airbnb employee across the globe participated in a team training aimed at recognizing and combatting unconscious bias. In November, we’ll be offering resources on fighting unconscious bias to our host community at the Airbnb Open.
- In an effort to better support our working families, in the US we have developed an enhanced Parental Leave Program to ensure that all parents (mothers, fathers, adopting, same-sex) can take 10 weeks of paid time off, and are eligible within 60 days of joining our team. Women may also receive paid Pregnancy Leave in addition to Parental Leave. Outside the US, we work within local legal and regulatory structures to best support our employees take the time that they need as they start their families.
- We’re recruiting more thoughtfully, from assessing the language used in our job descriptions to applying data specifically to expand our recruiting channels, make more informed decisions and to try to identify where and why diverse candidates drop out of our talent pipeline so we can improve. We are already seeing results.
- Since formalizing our AIRfinity (employee-resource) groups earlier this year, we have been able to support and engage our employees in important outreach, retention, and education efforts. These groups bring our employees together across the company and around the globe. Currently, our teams reflect our LGBTQ, African American, Latino/a, Women in Tech/Engineering, Veterans, and Parents communities. With company support and resources, we are excited for our AIRfinity groups to continue to expand and grow.
- Through collaborations with groups like Travel Noire and the Stanford Center on Longevity, we are working to both deepen our ties to diverse communities and connect with new hosts and guests.
- We are also proud to support and welcome diverse populations into our community by working with global nonprofit partners like Summer Search, the Honor Foundation, and Atlas Corps to provide free housing accommodations to diverse communities such as low-income students, military veterans, and non-profit leaders. We are continually expanding this work.
By bringing people from all walks of life together and building trust among would-be strangers, we believe that Airbnb can play an active role in building connections and fostering understanding in diverse communities around the world. We are committed to continual improvement and growing a workforce that celebrates and grows the rich diversity of the Airbnb community.
This post was written by Belinda Johnson, Airbnb’s Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer.