By: Kathryn Rainville
Taking the Parity Pledge is a commitment to support and to celebrate the rise of women into the C-Suite. In December, Overstock.com, the e-commerce giant, was the latest large company to join the ranks of Best Buy, Cisco, and others in promising to work towards work place parity.
Companies who take the Parity Pledge promise “…to interview at least one qualified female candidate for every open executive position, vice president and above, including the C-suite and board of directors” (Overstock.com). With only 20% of S&P 500 executives being women, this pledge is focused on the creation of equal opportunity and advancement. Overstock.com credits their Women’s Network for encouraging this step forward in the promotion of equality within the organization.
Overstock.com views this move as a compliment to the work their Women’s Network has done in fostering diversity among employees and the revelations brought forth from different points of view. In making a national pledge to the diversity it values, Overstock.com hopes “…to become role models for change,” says Parity.org founder and CEO, Cathrin Stickney.
For more information on the Parity Pledge, and how you can further support it as an individual, visit www.parity.org.