August 19, 2020
Becca JohnsonStaff Writer
Best Buy is proud to be among 98 companies named to the 2020 Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index.
We’re one of just two retailers on the index, which helps us understand trends and gaps in demographic representation within our organization.
“I believe everyone should have an equal opportunity to achieve their dreams and be provided with access to resources and the support to do so,” said Amelia Hardy, vice president of inclusion and diversity. “Best Buy is committed to becoming one of the best places to work by creating space and experiences to allow employees, customers and communities to succeed.”
Here are a few recent ways we’ve shown our commitment to inclusion.
Task Force for Racial Equality – CEO Corie Barry has appointed a diverse group (by demography and level in the company) to challenge one another and, ultimately, our senior leadership team and board of directors, to identify substantive, enduring ways we can address inequities and injustices.
Pride Month – We flew the Pride flag at our corporate campus for the entire month of June. And for the first time, we flew the Philly Pride flag, which adds black and brown stripes to symbolize outward-facing advocacy of LGBTQIA+ people of color.
Election Day – For the first time ever, we will shorten our hours of operation on Nov. 3, either by opening late or closing early. This ensures every employee will have the time to cast their vote in person, if they choose.
Teen Tech Centers – We announced our commitment to create more than 100 Best Buy Teen Tech Centers, designed to bridge the opportunity gap and the digital divide for teens in disinvested communities.
There’s a lot more work to be done. Next month, Best Buy will announce a new opt-in program that will help us better understand employee demographics, so we can identify and fill gaps in our inclusion and diversity efforts.
This is the second year in a row Best Buy has been included on the Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index. Click here to check out the full 2020 report.