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7 big companies join forces to accelerate black professionals’ careers in Brazil

May 22, 2023

Gerdau, iFood, Itaú Unibanco, LinkedIn, Magalu, Nubank and Vale announced the launch of the #CarreirasComFuturo Movement to disseminate diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives in the Brazilian workforce, with a focus on career development and belonging for black professionals at all levels of an organization.

The seven companies – some of the largest employers in the country – already have D&I programs and will now promote the exchange of experiences to enhance existing projects and share assumptions and learning with other companies. The goal is to fuel a cascading effect to drive the creation of more inclusive work environments.

Lack of belonging in the workplace 

The results of a new survey conducted by Santo Chaos in partnership with LinkedIn shows that 55% of black professionals said they have ever stopped applying for a higher position or a job opening because they felt they would not be welcomed in that environment or would not be considered for the position. Some 27% of respondents said this had happened more than once

The survey also found that the lack of equity in access to opportunities for black professionals gets progressively worse from education to management positions. Furthermore, 71% of black professionals see the need to implement more actions for the development of their careers. This number reaches 64% if we consider the white professionals who think this way.

“These survey findings reinforce not only the ongoing structural inequalities faced by black Brazilian professionals, but also the importance of belonging and the large gap in the market in this regard,” says LinkedIn’s Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging manager Suelen Marcolino.

Source: Movimento Carreiras Com Futuro | Valor Econômico