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Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Representing the 2nd District of Illinois


Statement of Tech Accountability Caucus Co-Chairs on Amazon’s ‘Rooney Rule’ Reversal

May 15, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Robin Kelly (IL-02), Yvette Clarke (NY-09), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) and Emanuel Cleaver II (MO-05), members of the House Tech Accountability Caucus and Congressional Black Caucus, released this statement regarding Amazon’s Board of Directors’ reversal on the ‘Rooney Rule’ for director-level openings:

“We were glad to see Amazon’s Board of Directors take quick action in considering our support of the Rooney Rule.  As we noted in our letter, the Rooney Rule should be a floor and not a ceiling.  American companies’ boardrooms, executive suites, and sales floors should aspire to be representative of the customers they serve.  Yesterday Amazon took a small – but important – step forward, and we hope that other companies in the tech sector will consider following this example.  

We look forward to continuing to engage Amazon and the industry to improve board and workforce diversity, and to establish inclusive techquity baselines. As the tech sector continues creating jobs and innovating, the benefits of this growing workforce should be accessible to all American families.

We can and must keep striving to do better.”

Note: On Friday, the co-chairs of the Tech Accountability Caucus wrote to Amazon’s Board of Directors concerning their opposition to a shareholder-led proposal to adopt the ‘Rooney Rule’ for forthcoming openings on the Board of Directors.


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