This is our concrete plan to make our team and our site more inclusive and to elevate a diversity of voices. Our goal is to evolve into a site that truly helps everyone make their best home.
While we are committed to the initiatives outlined below, we acknowledge that change requires time and patience, and that we might make mistakes along the way. To hold ourselves accountable, we will share our progress and updates regularly. If you have any questions about our plan, suggestions for how we can improve it, or referrals for contributors to hire or creators to feature, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
- Diversify contributor network. At the Spruce, the majority of our content is written by our editorial team and contributing writers who are experts in the topic areas that they cover, and photographed by a network of in-house and freelance photographers. By year end, we will strive towards ensuring that 25 percent of our writers and photographers are people who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). When contracting with vendors for original photography and video shoots, we will also make a concerted effort to work with BIPOC owned businesses.
- Highlight BIPOC creators in popular articles. By updating our existing, highly trafficked articles to be more inclusive of BIPOC voices, we can impact content that reaches over 7 million people each month. We pledge to review all of our most popular interior design galleries, “best of” listicles, and influencer roundups and update them to highlight the work of BIPOC creators.
- Diversify review boards. Part of our editorial process is to have certain articles—those that make medical claims or may affect the health, safety or finances of our readers—reviewed by industry professionals. (Learn more about our three review boards). By year end, we will strive towards ensuring that 25 percent of our review board members identify as BIPOC.
- Normalize highlighting BIPOC creatives in new content. While many of our articles offer practical advice, we also provide inspiration to millions of people looking to spruce up their homes with artwork, objects, furniture, etc. Moving forward, the 50 to 100+ new articles we publish monthly featuring the work of designers, makers, and creatives will be reviewed through the lens of inclusivity with the aim of showcasing creatives representing a diverse range of voices.
- Normalize highlighting BIPOC voices across social media. We are committed to diversifying the network of creators we work with on social media, particularly on Instagram, the platform on which we’re most active. Moving forward, a minimum of 25% of the content we post will feature creators who identify as BIPOC, with the intent of increasing BIPOC representation over time.
Thank you to our readers for inspiring us to do more, and to do better.
Melanie Berliet, General Manager
Allison Bean, Editorial Director
The Spruce Team
*Below is an update on our progress regarding this pledge as of December 1, 2020:
— We have reviewed our most highly trafficked articles and identified 450 articles that need to be updated for inclusivity.
— As of July, 2020, a minimum of 25% of content posted to The Spruce's Instagram account reflects BIPOC voices.
— All content published as of July, 2020, constituting 56% of new creates this year, has been published through the lens of inclusivity.
— We have ensured that BIPOC candidates are considered for each open role we’ve posted as of July, 2020.
— As of November, 2020, 25% of The Spruce editorial staff identifies as BIPOC.
— In contracting with vendors for original photo and video shoots, we are making a concerted effort to work with BIPOC-owned businesses.
IAC, which owns The Spruce, has long supported organizations fighting structural inequity and racial injustice, including The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, The Equal Justice Initiative, Reclaim the Block, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, ACLU, and The Bail Project. Additionally, just last year, IAC launched IAC Fellows, an immersive education program designed to empower high-achieving students from underserved and under-resourced communities.