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Ethnic Diversity in the Tech Industry: Data Reveals the Best

Chipmakers Qualcomm and Intel are among the most ethnically diverse companies in the tech sector, analysis of filings shows Technical monitor. Of the 30 large tech companies included in the analysis, UK telecommunications and IT services provider BT Group and HR software and services provider ADP had the lowest proportion of ethnic minority employees.

The tech sector is a growing source of jobs, so the extent to which it includes ethnic minority workers is likely to have an outsized impact on economic inclusion and social mobility. According to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, “addressing the lack of diversity among high-tech workers” has become a central concern of public policy.

Technical monitorAnalysis reveals that many leading tech companies have succeeded in diversifying their workforces, but others have work to do.

The tech industry’s efforts to improve diversity and inclusion after a flurry of ambitious initiatives and goals have been mixed. (Photo by Petar Santini/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Technical monitorThe analysis is based on information covering 30 of the world’s largest technology companies, ranging from semiconductor producers to telecommunications providers. The analysis calculates the proportion of each company’s workforce that is black, Asian or ethnic minority. In most cases, this reflects the proportion of workers who are Black or of Asian ethnicity, although for American companies it may also include Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander employees.

Ethnic Diversity in the Tech Industry: Top Performers

At the top of the ranking is the American semiconductor giant Qualcomm, where 68% of the employees are from ethnic minorities. This reflects a concerted effort by the chipmaker to increase diversity. In 2019, the company created a Diversity Task Force comprised of senior vice presidents to conduct data-driven analytics on promoting diversity and inclusion within the company through “innovative hiring and retention practices.”

Beyond its US operations, Qualcomm also has regional diversity and inclusion teams in countries with “significant employee presence”, including India for example, to better understand the issues. specific issues related to diversity and inclusion. And the company also pledged to “continuously create a diverse talent pool” by recruiting students from historically black colleges, women’s universities, as well as institutions serving Hispanics, according to its website. Qualcomm said the company has seen an increase in the number of women and people from underrepresented groups in its “new hire population” since expanding its hiring practices in this specific area.

Fellow chipmaker Intel also ranks high on the list, with 54% of its employees from ethnic minorities. The company has set goals to increase the representation of black employees in executive, management and leadership positions by 30% by 2023, and has committed to publishing data related to these efforts on its public website, whether or not the objectives have been met.

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“To make substantial progress, we need to be transparent with our data to hold ourselves accountable and encourage industry-wide action and that’s why we continue to publish our workforce and employee data. salaries each year while collaborating with other companies as part of our Alliance for Global Inclusion,” said Dawn Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Intel. “We are excited about the expanded opportunities to advance the diversity, equity and inclusion, and we will continue to raise the bar for ourselves and for others.”

Intel has also invested in diversity and inclusion beyond internal company operations to include its entire supply chain. According to its latest corporate social responsibility report reportthe company met its 2020 goal of spending $1 billion a year with various vendors and spent $279 million on owned by women companies around the world. As part of its RISE 2030 goal, Intel is currently aiming to double its global annual spend with various vendors to $2 billion.

US data center giant Equinix, which nearly matched Intel’s figure, reported minorities made up 53% of its total workforce. The company has set ambitious goals over the next five years to increase the representation of Black, Hispanic, and other historically underrepresented groups in leadership roles. According to a statement, the representation of these groups in leadership positions has improved by 1.7% since 2019.

“Our future five-year goals are based on our aspiration to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, and we recognize that we still have some way to go to achieve this aspiration,” said Brandi Galvin Morandi, Chief Legal and Human Resources Officer at Equinix. “We disclose our goals, continually measure our progress, and hold ourselves accountable, because this journey to becoming an inclusive organization requires each of us to be vulnerable and accept discomfort.”

Ethnic diversity at BT Group

At the other end of the table is British telecommunications giant BT Group, where only 13% of its British employees are from a black, Asian or ethnic minority background. This stark difference between BT’s diversity figures and those of other US technology companies could be explained by a lack of detailed reporting on minority groups within the company. employee diversity data.

Despite these figures, the company is committed to continuing to improve its diversity and inclusion by setting targets for a 50% gender balance among its employees by 2030, including 25% from a minority ethnic group, according to the company’s report. “new manifesto” launched last December.

Other factors could also include a lack of employees choosing not to declare their ethnicity. In june last yearthe company announced the results of its “People Data Campaign” which saw an increase in ethnicity reporting rates to 79%.

The company is expected to release the latest version of its public diversity and inclusion report next month, according to a spokesperson.

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