October 13, 2017
Best BuyStaff Writer
Best Buy is already known for the high number of women in leadership roles, and now the company is pledging to do even more to encourage gender balance within its executive ranks.
Best Buy has signed on to the ParityPledge™, in which companies promise to interview at least one qualified woman candidate for every open position, vice president and above, including the C-suite and board.
Best Buy leaders say the ParityPledge perfectly aligns with the company’s values and mission.
“While we are proud of the work we have done to achieve gender diversity on our executive team and board of directors, we need to continue to work to build a team of diverse leaders,” said Kamy Scarlett, chief human resources officer. “A diverse workplace allows us to leverage the strengths and unique qualities of all of our employees, and that is good for our business. Signing onto the Parity.org pledge is another way we fulfill our mission of helping customers enrich their lives and pursue their passion with the help of technology.”
The ParityPledge™ is an initiative of Parity.org, a nonprofit organization that focuses on bringing gender equality to the highest levels of business. The pledge is based on the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which requires teams to include more diverse candidates when looking to fill an open leadership position.
In July, Best Buy Chairman and CEO Hubert Joly signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ pledge, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace.