The duo, who founded the company in 2012, are following in the footsteps of Michael B. Jordan, who pledged to adopt inclusion riders at his production company following Frances McDormand's Best Actress speech at the Academy Awards.
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's production company, Pearl Street Films, is making diversity a priority. While the concept of inclusion riders has been around since 2014, it didn't start to get widespread attention until McDormand's Oscar acceptance speech-and even McDormand said that she only found out what inclusion riders were a week before winning her Oscar.
Public-relations-wise, it's a positive move for Affleck and Damon. Actress Hilarie Burton and makeup artist Annamarie Tendler have said that Affleck has groped them, while Rose McGowan has said that Affleck was lying about not knowing about what she says Harvey Weinstein did to her.
The producer pair go goodwill hunting.
Damon was accused of being privileged and out-of-touch following a 2015 episode of his HBO reality show "Project Greenlight".
Damon said, "I think you're a better actor the less people know about you, period".
Not surprisingly, many people pointed out that he, as a straight actor, has never had to keep quiet about the fact that he's married to a woman and has a family. "That is an ongoing conversation that we all should be having".