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Amazon Commits to Include More ‘Women and Minority’ Candidates in Board Search

Amazon is making changes to its search for members of its board.

The company announced in a public filing on Monday that they will include more “women and minority” candidates when looking for new board members, CNBC reports.

“This policy formalizes a practice already in place,” Amazon said in a statement to CNBC.

Shareholders had expressed displeasure over the retail giant’s lack of diversity in its board. CtW Investment group wrote a letter to the company’s board last month wanting them to adopt the “Rooney Rule,” which would make it a requirement for Amazon to include women and minority candidates when looking for director candidates.

The board rejected the rule saying that they already look for “candidates with a diversity of experience and perspectives, including diversity with respect to race, gender, geography, and areas of expertise,” according to CNBC.

Only three women sit on Amazon’s board, per the report.

Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.