Google’s New Diversity Report Shows Some Progress, Leaves Room for Growth
Google has released its 2018 diversity report after its employees and shareholders earlier this year called on the company to make changes in areas including racial and gender diversity. The shareholder resolution stated the lack of diversity in tech is a "crisis" that "threatens worker safety, talent retention, product development, and customer service." It appears that the tech giant has made moderate progress in the diversity of its U.S. workforce. Domestically, Google is 54.4% white and 39.8% Asian -- a 1.7% growth over last year. The percentage of Hispanic and Latinx Googlers grew 0.4 ppt to 5.7%; grew 0.3 ppt to 3.3% Black; and remained flat at 0.8% for Native American employees. The tech giant also made progress in new hires among people of color. In the U.S., Black and Latinx hires increased to 4.8% (+0.7 ppt) and 6.8% (+0.5 ppt), respectively. The proportion of hires that are Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander increased to 1.1% (+0.3 ppt). When it came to global leadership roles in 2019, Asian (28.9%), Latinx (3.3%), and Black (2.6%) groups all saw gains, while the Native American share of global leadership roles slipped to 0.7%. “Diversity, equity and inclusion are business imperatives for Google. They improve outcomes for our employees, our products and our users,” VP of Employee Engagement Danielle Brown and Global Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Melonie Parker said in the report. The pair also said Google focused on improving representation for Black and Latinx employees in 2018, achieving the largest gains since the company began publishing these reports in 2014, when their workforce was 61% white, 30% Asian, 2% Black, 3% Latinx, and 4% multiracial. Google also for the first time published data from employees who have chosen to self-identify as LGBTQ+ (8.5%) or as having a disability (7.5%). More here.