RizePoint, the leading provider of quality management software, today announced it has taken the ParityPledgeTM, building on its commitment to gender equality. Participating companies commit to interview at least one qualified woman candidate for every open position, vice president and above, including the C-suite and board.
“Taking the Equal Pay Pledge in 2016 was how we first demonstrated RizePoint’s commitment to pay parity and gender equality, so taking the ParityPledge was a given,” said Frank Maylett, president and CEO. “As a founding member of Parity.org, we will continue to hire the best and brightest, and ensure more women have the opportunity to succeed at RizePoint—from interns to the C-suite.”
As part of RizePoint’s award-winning corporate social responsibility program, Rize & Shine, the company focuses on improving access to technology education opportunities for girls and underprivileged children. In the past two years, the RizePoint STEM Scholarship Program has sent 22 girls to STEM-oriented summer camp.
The ParityPledge was inspired by the NFL’s Rooney Rule, a straightforward solution that improved diversity at leadership levels of NFL teams by requiring teams to include more diverse candidates in the interview process. In just three years, the Rooney Rule helped increase representation of African Americans in team leadership positions from 6 percent to 22 percent.
“Parity.org was founded to correct the stark reality of gender imbalance at the very top of companies today,” said Cathrin Stickney, Parity.org founder and CEO. “While women represent 51 percent of the population, barely 20 percent of S&P500 corporate executive teams and boards are represented by women. We are thankful for organizations like RizePoint that are willing to become a role model for change. We believe their public commitment and example will help us realize exponential progress toward reaching parity at the top.”
Parity.org will announce its full list of founding companies, sponsors, partners, as well as recipients of the Parity Awards for outstanding progress in gender equality, during the Women’s Leadership Summit in January 2018. The Women’s Leadership Summit is part of the annual Silicon Slopes conference which coincides with the Sundance Film Festival and has an expected attendance of 10,000 people.
RizePoint is the global leader in quality management SaaS solutions. RizePoint software creates a hub of valuable compliance information to align organizational focus on brand protection. Dedicated to helping our customers deliver a positive brand experience, RizePoint serves more than 2 million audits with 300 million questions answered annually. Considered the industry standard for food service, hospitality, and retail, RizePoint is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, visit www.rizepoint.com.
Parity.org is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to gender equality at the highest ranks of business leadership. Parity.org is assembling a founding advisory board of some of the most recognized men and women leaders in business. The Parity.org URL was generously donated by The Kennedy Forum. Organizations wanting to take the ParityPledge or learn more about how to get involved with Parity.org should visit http://www.Parity.org.
ParityPledge is a trademark of Parity.org.