just released its workforce data and admitted it needs to improve.
Just two per cent of “Google
rs” are black, three per cent are Hispanic and 30% are women. The American population is 13% black and 17% Hispanic. Google
is not alone in its diversity
issues. Gender and ethnic disparities are common throughout the tech industry. About seven per cent of tech workers are black or Latino in Silicon Valley and nationally.
In a blog post this week, Google
SVP Laszlo Bock said the company’s transparency, which is the first of its kind in the sector, is a step towards change.
“Simply put, Google
is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity
,” Bock wrote.
The company is reportedly putting money where its mouth is by funding programs that encourage women and girls to learn computer science. The company also is working with historically black colleges and universities to elevate coursework and attendance in computer science.
“But we’re the first to admit that Google
is miles from where we want to be, and that being totally clear about the extent of the problem is a really important part of the solution,” Brock said.
The company is also working with the Kapor Center for Social Impact, which uses information technology
to close gender and ethnic gaps in the Silicon Valley workforce, to develop a conference in California focusing on issues of technology
Co-founder Freada Kapor Klein said Google
is showing leadership “which has been sorely needed for a long time.”
is the company known for the moonshot, and applying that part of Google
DNA to this problem is a breath of fresh air,” she said.
chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg
recently said the social networking company is headed toward disclosure as well, but it was important to share the data internally first.
As companies around the world struggle to improve their