Since Zest was founded in 2009, our mission has been to make fair and transparent credit available to all. Our pursuit is informed and impelled by our deep understanding of how centuries of racism and discrimination have led to deeply inequitable financial outcomes for too many Americans. We see this dark legacy in the data that flows through the consumer lending industry, and work every day to eliminate that bias using machine learning and data science.
And just as we know people are more than a three-digit score, we know you cannot build fair technologies and great companies without a workplace that encourages and celebrates diversity. We are the sum of our perspectives, experiences, expressions, and wisdom. It’s what makes our company strong and powers products that enable greater economic fairness and inclusivity on a national scale.
Today we recommit to building and celebrating an even more diverse and inclusive workforce, an environment where every Zestian can do their best work, irrespective of color, race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. It’s not enough to say these words if we don’t act. We’re proud that we’ve already achieved gender pay equity for all comparable roles and will continue to do so into the future. There is so much more we can do. Here are our plans:
Double our number of Black employees by the end of 2021
Increase our minority diversity by 30% by the end of 2021, creating a workforce that exceeds in-state (California) averages for non-white representation by 50%
Ensure next year’s intern class has at least 25% Black students (2021)
For future hiring with a focus on diversity we will:
External activity goals:
This is a living document that we will continue to add to as we go. We will report on these on an annual basis and publish our metrics.
US Census Bureau estimates, California's population was 59.5% White (36.6% Non-Hispanic White), 14.7% Asian, 13.8% Some Other Race, 5.8% Black or African American, 0.8% Native American and Alaskan Native, 0.4% Pacific Islander and 5.1% from two or more races.