Under pressure to add more diversity to its ranks, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization that rewards the Golden Globes, on Saturday unveiled a plan promising “transformational change.”
Among other measures, the group said it would hire an independent equity, diversity and inclusion consultant.
“Among other important tasks, this expert will check our statutes and membership requirements to help us guard against any exclusionary practice and achieve a more diverse membership,” wrote the HFPA, which has no members. black people, in a statement posted to social media.
The HFPA will also require annual anti-racism and unconscious bias education and sexual harassment training for all of its members. A third-party law firm will review the organization’s policies to “ensure we are aligned with and surpassing industry best practices.”
The organization, a nonprofit made up of foreign reporters and photographers who cover the entertainment industry, will also support more internships, mentorships and scholarship programs for black students and other under-represented students interested in international journalism.
The announcement comes a week after the 78th annual Golden Globes, which has gone largely virtual this year amid the coronavirus pandemic and where celebrities have been largely overshadowed by calls for more diversity from the foreign press Hollywood.
In the days leading up to the show, the Los Angeles Times reported that none of the 87 members of the HFPA were black, which sparked a wave of condemnations from laureates such as Jane Fonda.
“We’re a community of storytellers, aren’t we, and in these turbulent and crisis-ridden times like these, storytelling has always been essential,” she said.
But there is another “story that we have been afraid to see and hear about for ourselves in this industry, about the voices we respect and raise and ignore, who are offered a place at home.” table and which is kept away from the rooms. where decisions are made, ”she added.
Fonda called on Hollywood executives to give more people “the chance to be seen and heard.”