This month FlexJobs is proud to feature and donate to the NAACP.
Each month during 2020, FlexJobs highlights a fantastic nonprofit organization that we feel strongly about, and we will be donating $6,000 throughout the year. Come back each month to read about our selected nonprofit and see how they are helping to shape a better world.
This month, we’re donating to NAACP, a nonprofit group that’s worked for over 100 years to create a society where all individuals have equal rights without race-based discrimination.
Why the NAACP?
For over 100 years, the NAACP has worked to ensure equal rights for all people and to eliminate racial prejudice in the U.S.
Starting in 1908 after the race riots in Springfield, Illinois, there were important discussions initiated among several white liberals and prominent African Americans including W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, and Mary Church Terrell. Together, they formed the NAACP and started working to secure the rights guaranteed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments of the Constitution for all people.
Today, the NAACP continues its work to achieve equal rights for all and focuses on:
- Federal advocacy: to help create public policy that promotes and protects civil rights
- Education: to help students of color and other disadvantaged students have access to equitable academic resources
- Environmental justice: to address the outsized impact the environment has on low-income communities
- Health: to ensure equal access to healthcare
- Economic opportunity: to help improve the economic disparities caused by discrimination
- Media diversity: to fight negative portrayals of minorities in media
- Criminal justice: to end racial inequality in the criminal justice system
A Disproportionate Impact
Though employment laws against discrimination in the workplace exist, discrimination still happens. As a result of these and other flawed systems as mentioned above, minorities have higher unemployment rates than non-whites. In 2018, African Americans had a national unemployment rate of 6.3% compared to the national unemployment rate for whites of 3.2%.
And unfortunately, the pandemic has only worsened this disparity. Before the pandemic, more than 30 million workers were employed in frontline and service industries and, of these, African Americans made up nearly 12% of this service-oriented workforce that has been harshly impacted by the pandemic. This has contributed to the devastating estimate that over 50% of black adults did not have a job as of April 2020.
How Remote and Flexible Work Can Help
One of the unique aspects of remote work is that it can help support an increase diversity within a company. For example, remote and flexible work can provide opportunities to people who are more typically pushed or left out of the workforce, such as:
Also, a company hiring for a remote job can broaden their candidate pool geographically. Therefore, there is often an increased chance to access candidates from a broader set of backgrounds, ethnicities, races, and other demographic considerations.
How We Try to Help Be an Advocate for Equality
The mission of our company is to help people of all walks of life to access more flexible job opportunities, and as discussed above, this often means those for whom the traditional workforce doesn’t include very well. Too often these audiences also have disproportionate minority representation, such as in single parents.
For context, the jobs on our site range broadly, and can be found in over 50 career categories, entry-level to executive, part-time to full-time, freelance to employee. Additionally, we have long provided filtering of our jobs that highlight companies who have been acknowledged or awarded for their efforts with diversity, such as:
To explore these filters and many others, you can go to our Advanced Search page, and use the “Featured & Award-Winning Employers” filter.
And beyond the job postings, we’ve made it part of our mission to support causes that advocate for diversity and non-discrimination. In the past, we’ve also donated to:
FlexJobs is also a member of Open to All, a national movement for businesses to take a public stand against discrimination in hiring and serving customers.
And finally, we are a committed equal opportunity employer. We have a team that is and has always been made of people with a wide variety of diversities, including age, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, religion, gender and sexual orientation, marital status, and geography, and, yes, race. However, to be upfront, we have always strived for more racial diversity on our team, and this is something we are deepening our commitment to moving forward. In fact, we’re currently hiring for a number of positions! If you’re a current FlexJobs member, you can see them here, and if not, here are links to public views of the postings:
Standing up against discrimination has never been more important. Today, FlexJobs is proud to stand up and support the NAACP in its mission to end racial discrimination for good.
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