As part of an ongoing commitment to create a safe and equitable workplace, Pinterest announced today the formation of a new Inclusion Advisory Council in partnership with the NAACP. This external council will bring influential voices together to guide the company on its journey to foster a culture where all can thrive and are valued for their unique perspectives.
In addition the NAACP’s leadership and guidance, the Inclusion Advisory Council will also include Joshua DuBois. DuBois served as a director for the Obama presidential campaign and is currently the CEO of Values Partnerships, a consulting firm focused on social impact.
The Inclusion Advisory Council will meet regularly with a dedicated group of Pinterest’s leadership team — including CEO Ben Silbermann and Tyi McCray, Pinterest's Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity — to review progress against diversity goals, make recommendations to further promote the creation of inclusive features and content, and provide guidance centered on company culture. Additional organizations and experts will be selected to join the council based on their breadth of experience navigating key issues in underserved communities.
“We’re continuing to take steps to make Pinterest a company with an inspired culture where all employees are empowered and valued, as we build a product that reflects our diverse population of Pinners around the world,” said Ben Silbermann, CEO of Pinterest. “Evolving our strategies and actions, alongside experts in the space, will help us create meaningful and lasting change.”
“Inclusion and diversity is not only a value; it’s foundational to making the best decisions and building the strongest teams,” said Tyi McCray, Pinterest’s Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity. “The commitment to this work is a priority across the organization and we are incredibly grateful to the NAACP and Joshua DuBois for their partnership.”
“This moment of reckoning demands that all organizations not only affirm their commitment to continuing to build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture, but to take the steps necessary to bring about progress,” said Yumeka Rushing, NAACP Chief Strategy Officer. “We are excited to partner with Pinterest to bring together diverse voices and help to drive impactful change.”
“We are proud to work with Pinterest on this critically important Advisory Board. This board will play a central role in ensuring that Pinterest is listening, learning and partnering with communities, and we believe it will have a significant impact,” said Joshua DuBois, CEO of Values Partnerships and Gauge.
Details on additional members of Pinterest’s Inclusion Advisory Council will be announced early next year. For more information on Pinterest’s inclusion and diversity initiatives please visit: https://www.pinterestcareers.com/inclusion-and-diversity
Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
About Values Partnerships and Gauge
Values Partnerships is one of the country’s top social impact agencies, helping partners from Sephora and Procter & Gamble to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Ad Council partner with local communities to solve big challenges and advance the common good.
Gauge is a next-generation market research firm helping clients look around the cultural corner, determine what’s coming next and what matters most, and apply this knowledge in their daily work.