Our Diversity and Inclusion Pledge
The Martha Stewart brand believes that every human being deserves respect, representation, and opportunity. We are committed to creating content that highlights and celebrates a diverse mix of inspiring makers and experts across the country and world. We strive to elevate the talents of those who are doing unique, beautiful work while also paying homage to their communities and cultures. It is our goal that every single reader will see themselves represented in our content, and we're working hard each and every day to make the changes that facilitate this.
To that end, we're taking action on the items outlined below, and we will hold ourselves accountable as a brand by sharing our progress and important updates regularly. If you have questions about our plan and progress, or ideas on how we can improve further, please let us know via our contact form.
- Diversify our editorial staff and contributor network: Our content is created by our in-house editorial staff, as well as a large network of freelancers (including writers, photographers, stylists); we plan to audit our full-time group to determine the diversity of our current team. It is our ultimate goal to have at least 30% of our full-time staff identify as members of the BIPOC community, and we will continue to prioritize diversity in our freelance hiring.
- Revisit our most popular content through a critical lens: We've revised our brand style guide to ensure we are using inclusive language and avoiding terms with problematic origins for all new content we create, and we pledge to continue reviewing our content and improving the inclusivity of our library. We'll work with the Anti-Bias Review Board formed by our parent company, Dotdash Meredith, to assess 500 pieces of content on MarthaStewart.com for bias in language and images. Based on this review, our team will take appropriate action that can be reported on before the end of 2022.
- Continue to ensure there is diversity of age, ability, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ representation throughout our content: It is important to our staff that all readers see themselves in our content. We pledge to continue to amplify BIPOC and LGBTQ+ small business owners via our Self Made digital and social franchise, and as well as BIPOC and LGBTQ+ subjects and sources throughout our content. We commit to representing diverse experts and subjects in at least 40% of our magazine content. We will continue to ensure that at least 40% of our real weddings feature BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ couples, and we will never share a wedding that was held at a plantation or property with a history of slavery.
- Support diversity and inclusion in our community: We intend to form a partnership with an organization that promotes diversity and inclusivity within the lifestyle industry. We will strive to have this partnership active by the end of 2022.