I just had my first amazing experience with Airbnb just last month when I rented a condo In Saint Martin for a week and I can’t lie, I was a bit hesitant to try to service at first. When I was surfing for places and rates last fall, my search fell around the same time that the popular home sharing service was making headlines for some of the racism travelers of color were experiences during their bookings or when preparing to travel.
Long story short I had a great stay (Thanks, Henri!) but the fact that this was happening still bugs me. Airbnb did make a public statement and also ban racist hosts but this week they decided to take their commitment to fight discrimination one step further!
Airbnb has partnered with the NAACP to bring economic opportunities to people of color!
Airbnb has partnered with the NAACP to bring economic opportunities to people of color. Through the partnership, which includes a revenue-sharing agreement, Airbnb and the NAACP will reach out to communities of color about the benefits of sharing their homes on Airbnb.
“For too long, black people and other communities of color have faced barriers to access new technology and innovations,” NAACP interim President and CEO Derrick Johnson said in a statement. “This groundbreaking partnership with Airbnb will help bring new jobs and economic opportunities to our communities. Airbnb’s commitment to that goal is a tremendous step in the
right direction for Silicon Valley to open its doors to African-Americans and other communities.”
The NAACP and Airbnb will work together to host in-person community meetings and educational campaigns around issues of fair and affordable housing. The goal is to bring more travelers to communities of color.
As part of the deal, Airbnb will share 20 percent of those earnings with the NAACP. Hosts will not be impacted by the initiative, and Airbnb says it will provide more details in the coming weeks.
The NAACP will also work with Airbnb around the company’s efforts to increase diversity. Like many tech companies, Airbnb is predominantly white and male, with a workforce that is only 6.5 percent Hispanic and 2.9 percent black. Airbnb’s goal is to increase the percentage of employees from underrepresented populations to 11 percent in the U.S. by the end of this year.
If you are traveling in the near future why not consider using Airbnb? Use my invitation link here!