Black and Latino Lawmakers Chide Amazon Over Lack of Diversity
We told you last week that Amazon’s all white Board has been lobbying to vote down a proposal that would require that the company implement the Rooney Rule requiring that the initial list of nominees to join the company’s Board of Directors should include (but need not be limited to) qualified women and people of color. But Amazon’s board said that the way it vets new board members is good enough. Not according to members of the Congressional Hispanic and Congressional Black Caucuses. CHC Chair Congresswoman Michelle Luján Grisham (D-NM) and Congressman Joaquín Castro (D-TX) penned a letter to Amazon urging the company to consider the Rooney Rule, noting that of Amazon's top 105 executives, only one is Hispanic. “With Hispanics accounting for the nation’s largest minority group and nearly 17% of the labor force, it is clear that Amazon has room for improvement,” the members wrote. Congresswomen Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Robin Kelly (D-IL), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) -- all of whom are also members of the House Tech Accountability Caucus -- plan to send a letter to Amazon today expressing their discontent with the company’s lack of diversity and saying they find it astounding. “Our astonishment is compounded when you consider the fact that your 'customer-centric' company — with over 300 million active users — has zero people of color on your 10-person Board of Directors,” they wrote. All the lawmakers expect to meet with Amazon to discuss. As of late last year, 17 of the top 18 executives at Amazon were men, and not one was a person of color. More here.