How to rethink your hiring culture to create more equal opportunities

Experts share steps to creating a more equal hiring culture for Black people and people of color. Photo by: Tumisu from Pixabay

GLASGOW, Scotland — Current events are shining a spotlight on just how far the development sector has to go when it comes to racial equality.

According to a 2017 report on leadership in the nonprofit sector in the U.S., 90% of CEOs and 84% of board members were white, while Black people held just 4% of chief executive positions and accounted for 8% of board members. Development employers need to challenge their default approaches to talent and make changes now that will lead to hiring and retaining more diverse people, experts told Devex.

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  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.