Story at a glance

  • Amazon announced its goal to double its representation of Black vice presidents and directors.
  • It also wants to introduce more Black software engineers and interns into its workplace.
  • This comes as Daunte Wright’s death catalyzed renewed civil rights protests.

Amazon senior leadership announced a new initiative to double its representation of Black employees in its U.S. office, with a goal to double the number of Black employees at director and vice president position levels.

Announced online, Beth Galetti, Amazon Senior Vice President of People eXperience and Technology said in addition to doubling the number of Black executives, the company will also work to increase the hiring of Black employees at lower tier levels as well by 30 percent from last year’s hiring data.

The company also plans on increasing the number of Black software development engineer interns by at least 40 percent.

“These goals represent the next step in Amazon’s diversity, equity, and inclusion journey, not the final destination,” Galetti wrote. 

In addition to increases in Black employee representation, Amazon also plans on having more women employees in leadership positions and tech and scientific roles. 

All employees will also be required to take inclusion training.

This announcement comes as a 20-year-old Black man, Daunte Wright, was shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in Minnesota. 

Wright’s death has reignited Black Lives Matter protests, with one key demand being increased Black representation in positions of leadership across all industries.

Published on Apr 14, 2021