To celebrate Pride Month 2021, Pride+, Rakuten’s Employee Resource Group (ERG), has organized a variety of initiatives in June to support and bring awareness to the LGBTQIA+ community.
Internally, we will be spotlighting our LGBTQIA+ staff in our newsletters to share their stories and uplift their voices. We have added new LGBTQIA+ charities to our Rakuten Cares platform to be donated to. We also created Zoom backgrounds for our employees to express their pride or allyship and built an internal site collating all Pride+ curated educational resources and news about all Pride Month events.
We are also hosting a variety of virtual events for our employees this month, including: A company-wide presentation with Canadian/American writer, multidisciplinary artist, and activist Kim Katrin, a movie Q&A with DISCLOSURE director and producer Sam Feder, and regional virtual Pride events throughout the month.
We are also improving our talent acquisition processes to ensure equitable and diverse hiring. This includes mandatory interview training, diverse interview panels, and interview documentation.
For Rakuten Rewards members, we are highlighting merchants carrying Pride collections and those who are donating to LGBTQIA+ charities so our members can support the cause with their purchases. We will also be sharing books, movies, documentaries, and songs that support and raise awareness about the community.
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