The majority of Vice Media Group’s employees is now female and most of the new hires in 2020 were Black, indigenous or people of color (BIPOC), according to the company’s 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) report.
Τhe report shows the number of employees at Vice Media Group identifying as women increased by 5.8% across the year, bringing the overall total to 56%. Of new hires around the world, 58% identified as women.
In the United States, 42% of employees identified themselves as BIPOC, which is a 3.9% increase from 2019. Of new hires, 54% identified as BIPOC, which is an increase of 9.12%, while a total of 21% of those new hires identified as Black or African American.
As for the Vice Media executive team, there was some progress year-to-year as well. The team was 56% male and 44% female in 2020, compared to 68% male and 32% female in 2019.
Perhaps most impressive were the gains in BIPOC representation across the U.S. executive team. In 2019, this group was 80% white and 20% BIPOC. In 2020, it was 57% white and 43% BIPOC. And for the first time, there are executives who identify as Hispanic and Two or More Races.
The release of VMG’s latest diversity report comes after Chief People Officer Daisy Auger-Domínguez was hired by CEO Nancy Dubuc in early 2020. Auger-Domínguez spearheaded a new DEI strategy over the course of the year, which reflects Dubuc’s ongoing focus on culture, the value of diversity and ensuring both teams and content reflect VMG’s global communities, the company says.
“There are no shortcuts. No silver bullet,” Auger-Domínguez said in a statement. “And while workforce representation data is important, it doesn’t tell the whole story. In my first year at VMG we focused on building the right foundation by reviewing and improving upon our people processes, policies, and programs. Scripts and talking points can only get you so far. This is about how to practically and intentionally be inclusive and anti-racist, and how to create conditions that enable managers, leaders and teams to stay on a consistent path, even when that means stumbling along the way.”
CEO Nancy Dubuc said: “”No one could have expected the year that was 2020. We witnessed seismic cultural, political and social change, and through a global pandemic, we had to pivot the way we collaborate and begin to find our new best ways of working. I am immensely proud not just of the work we produced, but of the new systems and cultural programming created by and for the people of Vice Media Group.”
Dubuc said that in 2021, she is calling on the media industry at large “to come together and understand how we can put our collective momentum behind making a permanent difference to how we show up not just for ourselves, but everyone around us.”