Pandora Commits to Increasing Employees of Color

By Paula Bernier

At a time in which the U.S. presidential election has stoked racist and misogynist sentiment, a recent blog on diversity from online radio company Pandora is music to our ears.

The blog notes that millennials now constitute the largest generation, and this generation is the most ethnically, racially, and LGBTQ diverse one. It points to a McKinsey & Co. study that says women are less likely to be promoted to managers, and that gap is even wider for women of color.

“Women are less likely to receive the first critical promotion to manager – so far fewer end up on the path to leadership – and they are less likely to be hired into more senior positions,” McKinsey & Co. reports in its Women in the Workplace 2016 study. “As a result, the higher you look in companies, the fewer women you see.”

Meanwhile, Harvard Business Review in a March 23, 2016, article wrote: “Roughly 85 percent of corporate executives and board members are white men. This number hasn’t budged for decades, which suggests that white men are continuing to select and promote other white men.”

And TalentCulture CEO Meghan M. Biro in an October piece run by The Huffington Post said that highly educated black professionals face a widening gap with whites as they progress through their careers.

In light of all that, Pandora says, it will continue working to level the playing field for some of these folks. The publicly-owned company says 35 percent of its U.S. employees today are people of color. Pandora has set for itself the goal of having a workplace in which 45 percent of its employees are people of color; it aims to reach that goal by 2020.

The company adds that it will continue to provide equal opportunity for advancement at all levels and to all kinds of people, with the aim of achieving ethic, gender, and racial parity by 2020.

“At Pandora, diversity is not a trend, it’s embedded in who we are and ingrained in everything we do,” Kristen Robinson, Pandora’s chief human resources officer, wrote in the Nov. 7 blog. “It’s reflected in our rich musical universe and that’s a direct result of people and their vibrant experiences.”



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Pandora Commits to Increasing Employees of Color

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