Dear LinkedIn, Make Diversity Data Transparent For All Companies?


Dear LinkedIn,

You are the only service out there to discover data about companies both private and public, what type of employees work there, which universities the employees graduated from and lots of other useful data about the professional lives of the workers.

LinkedIn is a fantastic service for professionals.

There have been many articles in recent years published about the lack of diversity in technology.  Even the Federal regulators call on tech companies to improve diversity.  (sfgate article May 18th, 2016)

Many top technology companies voluntarily publish annual reports on diversity. For example in 2016 Google has 19% women, 1% Black, 3% Hispanic in tech roles.  (2016 data from Google on diversity). Pinterest (2015) has 21% women, 1% Black, 2% Hispanic in tech roles.  Twitter (2015) has 13% women, 1% Black, 3% Hispanic in tech roles).  Facebook (2015) has 16% women, 1% Black, 3% Hispanic.

While voluntary data from companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter is great. This data is not available from all companies and the data is not consistently published to make it easy to compare data across companies.

What if LinkedIn actually made diversity data transparent and real time to the public?

Would this encourage different long term behaviors for tech companies now that the data is no longer just voluntary?

Would this transparent diversity data lead to a much interesting interaction between job seekers and employers since this data could be extra dimension for job seekers to judge the type of companies they want to work for?

Tony T.

Readers:  What do you think?  Would you like to see diversity data published by LinkedIn?   Share and tag on LinkedIn please.


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