At Spotify, we welcome you with an inclusion mindset, one that prioritizes growth through listening and learning. No matter where you come from, or what’s playing in your headphones, we want to create a place where you belong.
We strive to embed diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in everything we do – both on our platform and in how we work. We want to show up for people, hear their stories, and learn from their experiences — not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s our responsibility to do right by our billions of fans, millions of creators and thousands of band members. By advancing a diverse and inclusive culture with equitable systems — where everyone can belong — we can better unlock the potential of human creativity.
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Creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture where anyone feels like they belong takes an inclusion mindset, awareness and intentionality. But perhaps most of all, it takes action. Here’s what Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging means to us.
Having an inclusion mindset means applying a growth mindset to inclusion.
At Spotify, we look to psychologist Carol Dweck’s work on “growth mindset” as the bedrock of growth, learning and development of our Band Members. Her research shows that success for many people has less to do with talent and brilliance and more to do with a mindset that embraces challenges and thrives in the face of adversity. People with a growth mindset put more energy into learning and an inclusion mindset does the same.
The fact is, having an inclusion mindset requires us to work and think hard about inclusion and ideally to seek input from others, especially those who have experienced exclusion or bias. We are committed to the journey of nurturing an inclusion mindset with all of our Band Members.
Our commitment to upholding diversity starts in our distributed hallways — both physical and virtual.
We’re increasing our efforts to retain the wide mix of identities represented among our band members and provide them with the tools for growth to more senior-level positions. We also continue to be dedicated to Racial Equity, Mental Health, Inclusive Hiring, Early Career Pipeline programs, and increasing representation of historically marginalized communities at Spotify.
We are committed to gender equity and continue to focus on building a workforce that reflects the world we live in.
We’re moving in the right direction, but we know there’s more work to be done.
Bear with us, there are still a few gaps in our reported ethnicity data which is currently US-only. We work hard to collect responses from our people around the world and do periodic calls for disclosure, which is always optional, to get us closer to 100%.
*Native American includes American Indian, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders as categorized by U.S. government reporting standards.
Spotify’s committed to building a workforce that is reflective of the creators, artists and consumers on the platform.
We’re educating ourselves and continually adopting more inclusive hiring practices so that we can build a workforce that reflects our marketplace. Diversity without inclusion practices that hurt productivity. Simply put, we strive to build a workplace where people from all backgrounds can thrive through equitable and inclusive ways of working.
The more voices we have represented and amplified in our business, the more we will all contribute, thrive and be brilliant. Making sure our hiring practices are inclusive and accessible is vital in achieving that.
We’re developing aspirational hiring goals that will be realized over several years.
We’re designing more inclusive hiring processes and mitigating bias throughout using new tools and resources.
We’re implementing new and best-in-class practices, processes and preparation for inclusive hiring.
We’re continually evolving with new tools and resources for recruiters and hiring managers.
At Spotify, we rally around global Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging areas that are designed and implemented to reach all band members, wherever they are in the world.
They include content, resources, and support to drive change. These are global strategies because we believe within Spotify there is a common thread we can connect.
We strive to do this while maintaining a local focus and consideration for local context because without consideration of these variations, we run the risk of missing the mark. Whether that is focusing on race in the US or ethnicity and religion in the Middle East, our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging approach strives to reflect the countries or regions we operate in.
This work focuses on enabling members of the LGBTQIA+ community to achieve their very best, both in the workplace and on platform, regardless of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.
Our Disability Inclusion Plan is dedicated to ensuring Spotify is a truly inclusive and accessible workplace - where disability is championed, supported and valued globally.
More than 1.3 billion people live with disability – that’s 17% of the global population. Everybody is likely to experience disability at some point in their lives, either directly or within their personal network.
Our Racial Equity Strategy accelerates our anti-racism and racial equity work, both internally and on our platform. As a company, we’re collaborating across continents to drive systemic change for racial equity.
Spotify has a lot to be proud of when it comes to representation of women, but until we are at gender parity, our work is not done. That means we continue to aspire to increase the diversity of the team, particularly for women in leadership and technical disciplines.
We are really proud of the progress we have made on gender equity and in being an industry leader.
Led by our band members and open to all, including our many and numerous allies, our Belonging Groups, Affinity Networks and Remix Chapters elevate those voices that are under-represented in our industry or historically marginalized.
They’re rhythms within our band, a place for people to share their experiences, support each other, develop leadership, and help the business better understand their needs. These groups create safe spaces of Belonging for band members, organize fun activities to build community, and put on events to promote education and intersectionality at Spotify.
Communities within Spotify
Able, creating an accessible workplace for band members with disabilities
Arabs, fostering a safe environment for Spotifiers from the Middle East and North Africa region
BLK, championing allyship, education, and cultural awareness for Black Spotifiers
Banda, an inclusive community for Spotify's Latinx band members
Christians, making a positive impact on Spotifiers of faith
Desis, celebrating the richness of the culture of South Asian Spotifiers
Muslims, supporting, empowering, and fostering Muslims and allies
Parents, connecting current and soon-to-be caregivers
Remix, our broadly diverse community inspiring people to bring their whole selves to work
Shalom, providing community and connection rooted in Jewish culture, tradition, and values
SPACE, home for those who identify as or support the Asian community
Spectrum, Spotify's LGBTQIA+ community
Women, providing resources and development support for the women of Spotify
Veterans, fostering an inclusive community for veterans and supporters
GenZ, connecting early career Spotifiers
Persians, empowering and providing community for all Persian Spotifiers