Airbnb has previously been in the news with many allegations that African-Americans were being discriminated for and unfairly treated by various hosts. In a step in a better direction, it has recently been announced that the NAACP and AirBnb plan to partner. They plan to collaborate on multiple initiatives such as jobs, community outreaches, revenue sharing, and supplier diversity goals.
In a statement the NAACP says:
“Economic development for African-Americans has long been a part of our mission,” said Derrick Johnson, the interim president of the NAACP, in an interview. “Airbnb wants to be a better corporate citizen. We see this as a way for African-Americans to have emerging opportunities with Silicon Valley. So it’s mutually beneficial.”
The company has been efficient in moves dedicated to combatting the previous accusations. They have put in place anti-bias training for employees have a created a team who’s entire purpose is to encourage inclusion. Additionally, they require everyone who uses Airbnb to sign the company’s Community Commitment pledge. This pledge mirrors federal laws that prohibit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability among others.
We hope this continues as Airbnb grows!