2020 was a year of challenges that had a profound impact on how we work and live.
Those already facing social and economic disadvantages were hit disproportionately hard. Violent and racist attacks against Asian, Black, and Latinx communities forced the world to reckon with its historic injustices. COVID-19 strained well-being and burdened caregivers, many of whom are women.
These issues deeply impacted us all, at Google and around the world, serving as a reminder that systemic barriers still hold too many back. We recognize our responsibility to meet this moment and believe the greatest contribution we can make to changing these structural inequities is sustained action within our company, our communities, and the world.
This report details five key insights we’ve realized this year — successes and challenges — and the concrete actions we’re taking to build diversity, equity, and inclusion into everything we do.
Below are 5 key things we realized in 2020, and the concrete actions we’re taking to create a more just and equitable workplace and world.
Diversity, equity & inclusion timeline
From awareness to action
A few years after our founding we began to focus on finding solutions to the longstanding challenges of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace.
Today, we publish one of the largest sets of diversity data in the industry and transparently share our learnings with the world. This year, we’re expanding our data globally and making it easier to use by open sourcing our entire historical data set in BigQuery, the Google Cloud data warehouse.
Going forward, we will continue to transparently share our data and progress, and we encourage all companies to do the same. It’s through collective action that we can make the largest impact on these deep structural issues.
- First head of diversity is hired.
- First company-wide goal for diversity, equity, and inclusion is set.
- Diversity team expands globally with hiring of leadership in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC).
- Google publishes our diversity data publically.
- Google.org launches a gender equality portfolio. By 2020, it has dedicated $55 million to create economic empowerment for women and girls.
- Google.org launches a racial justice portfolio. By 2020, it has dedicated $104 million in grants and 25,000 pro bono hours to advancing racial equity.
- Supplier diversity program achieves $1 billion cumulative spend with minority-, women-, veteran-, disabled-, and LGBTQ-owned businesses.
- Diversity Annual Report expands to include LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, military and veterans, and non-binary Googlers globally.
- Racial equity commitments launch to build sustainable equity for Google’s Black community and make our products and programs helpful to Black users.
Building diversity, equity, and inclusion into our workplace, products, and programs is at the heart of creating a more helpful Google for everyone. When we get this right, we ensure that everyone feels like they belong at Google and beyond.
In order to tackle structural inequities we face as a society, we must take a systems-level approach. This means mobilizing every aspect of the company — from doubling down on the successful changes we’ve made to hiring, to creating a stronger culture of belonging, to continuing to build products and invest in communities in ways that are truly helpful — in order to drive meaningful and lasting change for everyone. And we’re excited to build on the goals we’ve set for ourselves such as increasing representation of underrepresented groups by 30% by 2025 and expanding hiring in cities that contribute to a high quality of life for Black+ Googlers all over the world.
We will continue to build with and for underrepresented groups where structural and systemic barriers to belonging are the highest, as well as co-create solutions to address racial equity, gender equity, and accessibility with experts and leaders around the world.
And we will continue to hold ourselves accountable. In addition to this report, we will share regular progress with Alphabet’s board through transparency reports covering representation, hiring, retention, performance, and promotion equity.
2020 has left us more committed than ever to creating a workplace and world where we all feel a sense of belonging. We hope you’ll join us on this ongoing journey of listening, learning, and taking action.
2021 Diversity Annual Report
We’re advancing a diverse, accessible, and inclusive Google where everyone feels like they belong. Check out our progress.
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