Spotify is taking Black History Month as a moment to reflect on its various activities around racial equity. Global head of equity and impact Elizabeth Nieto published a blog post with an update.
Among the data points: Spotify has grown its percentage of Black employees in the US from 3.7% in 2017 to 9% by the end of 2021, but Nieto said work continues on “driving the same level of advancement toward diverse representation in our leadership ranks”. The company is also trying to diversify its workforce elsewhere in the world, with the UK mentioned as one example.
Spotify is also working on plans to spend its recently-announced $100m creator investment fund. “Spotifiers from teams including Music, Podcasting, and Equity & Impact are co-developing plans and working closely alongside our creator and industry partners for input,” wrote Nieto.
That fund was established in the wake of the controversy around Joe Rogan’s past use of racial slurs in past episodes of his podcast. Rogan isn’t mentioned in Nieto’s post, but it does mention efforts within Spotify Studios to “establish greater creator representation and also partner with anti-racism practitioners to train and educate all employees”.