Pinterest reveals 2016 diversity goals and announces a new project called Inclusion Labs

Today Pinterest announced its annual workforce diversity stats, revealing an overwhelmingly White and Asian male staff, though with a growing number of female engineers. It also outlined goals for 2016:

  • Increase hiring rates for full-time engineering roles to 30 percent female.
  • Increase hiring rates for full-time engineers to 8 percent underrepresented ethnic backgrounds.
  • Increase hiring rates for non-engineering roles to 12 percent underrepresented ethnic backgrounds.
  • Implement a Rooney Rule-type requirement where at least one person from an underrepresented background and one female candidate is interviewed for every open leadership position.

In addition, Pinterest says it’s launching a new initiative this fall called Inclusion Labs in partnership with a strategy firm called Paradigm. The project is focused on developing key strategies around diversity and finding ways to share those findings with the tech community at large.