Empty promises: Diversity pledges won't change workplaces, here's what will

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Unfortunately, if past experience is any indication, good intentions and public pledges will not be enough to tackle the problem of the underrepresentation of women and people of color in most companies.

Kimberly A. Houser | The Conversation
Dozens of companies, from Apple to Zappos, have reacted to George Floyd’s killing and the protests that followed by pledging to make their workforces more diverse.
While commendable, to me it feels a bit like deja vu. Back in 2014, a host of tech companies made similar commitments to diversify their ranks. Their latest reports – which they release annually – show they’ve made little progress.
Why have their efforts largely failed? Were they just empty promises?
As a gender diversity scholar,

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First Published: Aug 15 2020 | 7:20 PM IST

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