San Francisco, Johannesburg, October 4, 2018
Airbnb, Google, LinkedIn and Giraffe among companies joining IFC-led Digital2Equal Initiative
Giraffe along with 16 other technology companies operating across the online marketplace, including Airbnb, Google, and LinkedIn, have come together to boost opportunities for women in emerging markets under an initiative led by IFC, a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group.
Under the 18-month Digital2Equal initiative, the companies agreed to take steps to expand women’s access to jobs, assets, and business opportunities across their online platforms. They will make measurable, time-bound commitments. These range from closing gender gaps in their workforce to goals aimed at boosting opportunities for female consumers or providers of services and products on their online marketplaces.
Specifically, Giraffe will use its automated high volume recruitment platform to increase employment opportunities for women and analyse its candidate database to identify opportunities to upskill women so that they can increase participation in the economy.
Head of Operations at Giraffe Jenna Watson said, “We are excited to partner with IFC on this important initiative. Online marketplaces such as Giraffe can play a key role in empowering people that have hitherto been excluded from the economy- by providing more access and visibility to opportunities than ever before.”
“This is a win-win situation—great for women because they can take advantage of online work and entrepreneurship opportunities, and great for the economy because more talented women will be able to contribute,” said IFC Chief Executive Officer Philippe Le Houérou “With this initiative, online platforms are taking concrete steps to close gender gaps in the digital economy.”
The Digital2Equal initiative builds on IFC’s recent research, Driving Toward Equality: Women, Ride-Hailing, and the Sharing Economy, which highlighted how ride-hailing apps have the potential to increase women’s mobility and ease their entry into the transportation industry, where men outnumber women.
The initiative seeks to ensure that emerging technologies and business models—including the platform economy—benefit both women and men. Women already lag behind men in access to crucial assets like the Internet or mobile phones, limiting their economic opportunities. The European Commission will participate in the launch of the initiative, which is aligned with the commission’s strategy of ensuring greater women’s participation in the economy.
In addition to Giraffe, the companies participating in the initiative consist of global travel company Airbnb, Inc., global transportation platform Didi Chuxing Technology Co., Brazilian online marketplace Elo7, social media company Facebook, global technology company Google LLC, African e-commerce company Jumia, Southeast Asian marketplace platform Lazada, online professional network LinkedIn, Kenyan work platform Lynk, Latin American e-commerce site Mercado Libre Inc., Chinese online lender and Ant Financial brand MyBank, Indian e-commerce firm Myntra Jabong, digital payments platform PayPal Holdings Inc., customer relationship management platform Salesforce.com Inc., South African home cleaning service app SweepSouth, and global ride-hailing firm Uber.
Giraffe is a fully-automated digital recruitment solution that enables businesses to hire high volumes of medium-skilled workers faster and more affordably than any other recruitment method. Because Giraffe has automated the entire recruitment process – from sourcing to screening to contacting to interview-scheduling, we can provide high volumes of quality candidates in as little as 48 hours. For more information, visit www.giraffe.co.za.