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Amazon Pledges to Promote More Women, Black Employees

  • Second-largest private U.S. employer outlines hiring goals
  • Amazon more diverse in warehouses than office ranks, data show
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Updated on Inc. pledged to increase the number of women and Black employees in its senior ranks as part of an unusually detailed set of diversity commitments for a company that has rarely publicly discussed the makeup of its workforce.

The e-commerce company outlined a set of hiring and promotion targets for 2021, including a 30% rise in the number of women in senior technical jobs and doubling the number of high-level Black employees in the U.S. In a note to employees posted Wednesday on the company’s blog, Amazon human resources chief Beth Galetti also committed to more frequent internal reporting on diversity matters, ensuring participation in companywide inclusion training and inspecting any significant demographic differences in performance reviews and attrition on individual Amazon teams.