The internet industry understands the benefits of working together to address diversity in hiring and retention to achieve success.IA companies are committed to working together to adopt evidence-based best practices, eliminate bias in hiring, and create an inclusive working atmosphere. Internet Association’s first annual D&I Benchmark Report found that the majority (70 percent) of its member companies have an appointed D&I head with direct reports and dedicated D&I budgets. Our new findings show that number of companies surveyed with D&I representation workforce goals rose from 41% in 2019 to 52% in 2020.
The Rooney Rule
Some IA members follow the Rooney Rule, also referred to as the Parity Pledge, which is a policy that originated in the NFL and requires that at least one diverse candidate be interviewed for every vacant position before making a final selection.
Commitment to Diversify Senior Leadership
Some IA members have not only publicly stated their commitments to diversifying their workforce, but specifically their senior leadership teams, so that employees with diverse backgrounds may positively influence the highest levels of their companies.
Employee Teams Devoted to D&I and The Role of Chief Diversity Officers
Most IA member companies have established employee teams led by a Chief Diversity Officer that are devoted to promoting D&I in their workforce and the industry at large.