Amazon plans to double the representation of Black leaders within the company in 2020 and again in 2021.
The e-commerce giant said it plans to hire and promote employees for vice president and director roles across the company.
“At Amazon, we’re constantly learning and innovating – and our long-term efforts in diversity and inclusion are no different," Amazon said. "As part of this work, we are setting aggressive goals in our ongoing effort to be a top employer for Black employees."
Amazon plans to promote employees within the organization through the help of the company's skill development programs for Black, Latinx and Native Americans, such as the Black Employee Network Executive Leadership Development Program.
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USA TODAY's review of 50 top companies in July found that Amazon was among the companies that have a Black board member but no Black executive officers listed among its top five on its proxy statements.
The Seattle-based company is also removing non-inclusive language from their documentation and software. Words such as "blacklist," "whitelist," "master," "slave" and others will be eliminated.
Amazon is also requiring all its employees across the globe to take diversity and inclusion training.
Several companies have taken similar efforts after the death of George Floyd, a Black man, under the knee of a white policeman in Minneapolis.
In June, Microsoft pledged to double the number of Black managers and senior employees by 2025.
An EEO-1 report, which provides a breakdown by race and gender in 10 job categories, showed that of the 279 top executives in America's biggest companies, only five, or 1.8%, were Black, including two who recently retired.
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