Our Progress and Continued Commitment to Anti-Racism
In June, we posted a commitment to fight against systemic racism. We continue to work towards meeting, exceeding, and expanding these goals every day. Our commitment to building a more diverse and inclusive brand extends beyond The Spruce Eats, throughout Dotdash.
Here’s some of what The Spruce Eats and Dotdash have been doing since June:
- We committed to at least 15% of our new written and visual site content being created by BIPOC by September 30. We have exceeded this goal and will continue to increase representation and diversity through the stories we tell and who tells them. Since June we have begun working with 10 new contributors, 18 new photographers, and 9 new recipe testers, with a focus on expanding our team to include creators from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.
- We committed to amplifying and normalizing the work of BIPOC members of the food community on our social media platforms and having at least 20% of our Instagram stories feature BIPOC food professionals by September 30. We have exceeded this goal. We are reviewing our past content and have expanded our editorial guidelines to include social content and outreach practices, focused on preventing bias, tokenism, and appropriation. We will continue to increase representation and engage marginalized communities in a lasting way.
- We committed to reducing bias in our site content and pledged to review content that accounts for 50% of our site traffic, to make sure it appropriately acknowledges and celebrates the cultural origins of recipes and food by November 30. We’ve edited over 1,800 titles, expanded our editorial guidelines to address and prevent bias in assignments, images, and language, and continue to revise or retire articles accordingly.
Permanent roles are where the deepest change occurs in a publisher, and we’re committed to building a more diverse and inclusive workplace. Since May, we ensure that we have at least one BIPOC interviewer in our panels. We have instituted guidelines for reducing unconscious bias during interviews. We post our jobs on diverse job boards and websites and also ensure that we consider BIPOC talent in our process. We commit to creating an environment where staff members of color can build careers, advance and feel supported.
We expect these goals to evolve and expand. We look forward to hearing from our readers and listeners about how we can continue to improve.
Thank you for your readership and the opportunity to make our site even better.
Our Commitment to Anti-Racism, June 2020
To end racism, we must fight actively against it. Leadership has to come from every source of power and today, especially from businesses. Our website has not done our part editorially or organizationally. We publish the work of so many writers, photographers, and illustrators, but few are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC). There are no Black editors on our staff. This is unacceptable. Addressing these deficiencies is the foundation of our commitment.
Food, at its heart, is a celebration of culture and history. As a food website, we believe that we can make a lasting difference by focusing on the people we work with, who we pay, and what we choose to publish.
Here is our commitment:
- We will actively recruit and promote Black and POC writers, food professionals, and recipe developers to create and test recipes, report stories, create visuals, and edit articles. By September 30, we pledge that at least 15 percent of our new content will be created by BIPOC, excluding existing members of our editorial team.
- We will amplify and normalize the work of Black members of the food community on our social media platforms. By September 30, at least 20 percent of our Instagram stories will feature BIPOC food professionals.
- We will consciously work to reduce unconscious bias within our content. By November 30, we pledge to review content that accounts for 50 percent of our traffic to make sure it appropriately acknowledges and celebrates the cultural origins of the recipes.
- We will post about our work each quarter to update you on our progress.
We hope and plan to get a lot right, but we know we will get some things wrong. We expect these goals to evolve and expand. We look forward to hearing from our readers and listeners about how we can continue to improve.
Thank you for your readership and the opportunity to make our site even better. This is the beginning.
Eric, Heather, Patty, Jess, Todd, Victoria, Brooke, Kate, Kristin
Editors, The Spruce Eats