Our commitments to racial equity

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Our concrete commitments to build sustainable equity for Google’s Black community and make our products and programs helpful in the moments that matter most to Black users

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Our commitments

Building sustainable equity in our workplace

Creating meaningful change starts within our own company. Strengthening our commitment to racial equity and inclusion will help Google build more helpful products for our users and the world. To that end, we’re announcing several commitments to build sustainable equity for our Black+ community.

Working to improve Black+ representation at senior levels and committing to a goal to improve leadership representation of underrepresented groups by 30% by 2025

We’re adding a goal to more than double the number of Black+ Googlers at all other levels by 2025.

To help achieve this, we’ll post senior leadership roles externally as well as internally, and increase our investments in places such as Atlanta, Washington DC, Chicago, and London, where we already have offices. We'll take the same approach across regions, using site and country-specific plans to recruit and hire more underrepresented Googlers in communities where the social infrastructure already supports a sense of belonging and contributes to a better quality of life.

Across our sites in Atlanta, Washington DC, Chicago and New York we’ll aim to add an additional 10,000 Googlers by 2025, including 1,000 new roles by 2021. In global sites, including London, we will continue to focus on recruiting and hiring Black+ Googlers.

Doing more to address representation challenges and focus on hiring, retention, and promotion at all levels

To help direct that work, we’re establishing a new talent liaison within each product and functional area to mentor and advocate for the progression and retention of Googlers from underrepresented groups. We’re also convening a task force, including senior members of the Black+ community at Google, to develop concrete recommendations and proposals for accountability across all of the areas that affect the Black+ Googler experience, from recruiting and hiring, to performance management, to career progression and retention.

We’ve doubled the Retention & Progression team so that each organization has a designated consultant to support underrepresented Googlers, and we plan to triple our investment in this program by 2022. Meanwhile, we continue to roll out more robust checks for fairness and equity in our Perf process, including this cycle.

Working to create a stronger sense of inclusion and belonging for Googlers in general and our Black+ community in particular

Our internal research shows that feelings of belonging are driven by many aspects of our experiences at work, including the psychological safety we feel among our teams, the support of our managers and leaders, equitable people processes, and opportunities to grow and develop our careers. Across all of these dimensions, we’re committed to building more inclusive practices and policies—and revisiting them when we don’t get them right.

As one example, we’ve had a security practice of Googlers watching for “tailgaters” in order to reduce instances of unauthorized visitors in offices. We have realized this process is susceptible to bias. So, over the past year, our Global Security and Resilience team partnering with a cross-functional working group, conducted extensive research, listened to Black Googlers’ experiences, and developed and tested new security procedures to ensure we could maintain the safety and security of the Google community without relying on this type of enforcement. Now, as we prepare to return to the office, we will end the practice of Googlers badge-checking each other and rely on our already robust security infrastructure.

In addition, in October 2020 we introduced a student loan repayment program to address the debt that hinders economic progress for many communities of color.

And in EMEA, we've launched a new speaker series—RE:EMEA—to localize the conversation on racial equity and increase our understanding of the region’s unique history. And to create community globally, next year we’ll roll out a six-month onboarding program for Black+ Nooglers to help build networks during those first few months at Google.

Establishing a range of anti-racism educational programs that are global in view and able to scale to all Googlers

We’ll be welcoming external experts into Google to share their expertise on racial history and structural inequities, and start conversations on education, allyship, and self-reflection. We’ve begun piloting a new, multi-series training for Googlers of all levels that explores systemic racism and racial consciousness, to help develop stronger awareness and capacity for creating spaces where everyone feels they belong. We plan to roll out this training globally by early 2021. We’ll also integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into all of our flagship employee and manager trainings. And moving forward, all VP+ performance reviews will include an evaluation of leadership in support of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Better supporting the mental and physical health and well-being of our Black+ community

For example, over the past year, we’ve worked with our mental health provider in the U.S., to increase their Black network of counselors from 6.6 percent to 9.8 percent and are partnering with healthcare providers to create new programs for concerns that disproportionately affect our Black+ community, to be in place by 2022. Our global EAP providers are also working to further diversify their network of counselors. Our Benefits team is working with the Equity Project Management Office and Black Leadership Advisory Group to identify areas where we could expand our benefits or provide additional support to Googlers and their families. As one example of the kinds of programs that work: we've made the medical second opinion service available to Googlers’ extended family—something that our Black+ community told us was important to supporting a family structure that includes siblings, parents, parents-in-law, and grandparents.

Increasing supplier diversity

We rely on thousands of suppliers to help us run our business—from marketing agencies and construction to food and professional services. We are setting a goal to spend $100 million with Black-owned businesses, as part of our broader commitment to spend a minimum of $1 billion with diverse-owned suppliers in the U.S., every year starting in 2021. This commitment will bring more business to a diverse set of suppliers, and more importantly, create sustained economic impact for these communities

Holding ourselves accountable

We’ll hold ourselves accountable for creating an inclusive workplace. Moving forward, we’ll be sharing progress with Alphabet’s board regularly through transparency reports covering representation, hiring, retention, performance and promotion equity, and we’ll continue to publish our Diversity Annual Report to share this progress with all of you.

Building products for change

We want to create products and programs that help Black users in the moments that matter most. Googlers from all over the world have submitted more than 500 suggestions and we’ve assembled a product task force to prioritize and implement these ideas in partnership with our Black Leadership Advisory Group and members of our Black Googler Network.

Activations include a new Black-owned business attribute on Maps, Assistant responses on Black Lives Matter, and new ways marketers can support Black-owned publishers in Display & Video 360—with more to come.

In addition, our Trust and Safety team will work to strengthen our product policies against hate and harassment.

We’ve also announced the first YouTube Originals to come from our #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund, a $100 million global commitment to acquire and produce programming focused on Black experiences and racial justice education, as well as support Black YouTube creators and artists.

Helping create economic opportunity

Beyond our products, we know that racial equity is inextricably linked to economic opportunity. We are announcing a $175 million+ economic opportunity package to support Black business owners, startup founders, job seekers, and developers, in addition to YouTube’s $100 million fund to amplify Black creators and artists. This new commitment includes:

  • $50 million in financing and grants for small businesses, focused on the Black community and in partnership with Opportunity Finance Network of which over $9 million in loans and grants for Black-owned businesses have been allocated to local partners. This commitment builds on our recent $125 million Grow with Google Small Business Fund that is helping underserved minority and women-owned small businesses across the U.S.
  • $100 million in funding participation in Black-led capital firms, startups, and organizations supporting Black entrepreneurs, including increased investments in Plexo Capital and non-dilutive funding to Black founders in the Google for Startups network.
  • $15 million in training, through partners like the National Urban League, to help Black jobseekers grow their skills.
  • $10 million+ to help improve the Black community’s access to education, equipment, and economic opportunities in our developer ecosystem, and increase equity, representation, and inclusion across our developer platforms, including Android, Chrome, Flutter, Firebase, Google Play, and more.

Mentorship is also critical to growing networks and successful businesses. We launched our Google for Startups Accelerator for Black Founders, a three-month digital accelerator program for high potential Seed to Series A startups, and have selected 76 founders to receive funding. We’ve announced an expansion of our Digital Coaches program to 8 new cities, including Memphis, Birmingham, and Cleveland, to provide 50K Black-owned businesses in the U.S. with the mentorship, networking, and training they need to grow.

Finally, we’ve also established a $1 million fund in Brazil and a $2 million fund in Europe to support Black founders outside the U.S.

Improving education

We’re committing nearly $3 million to help close the racial equity gaps in computer science education and increase Black+ representation in STEM fields. This starts with making sure Black students have access to opportunities early on in their education.

To that end, we’re expanding our CS First curriculum to 7,000 more teachers who reach 100,000+ Black students, scaling our Applied Digital Skills program to reach 400,000 Black middle and high school students, and making a $1 million Google.org grant to the DonorsChoose #ISeeMe campaign, to help teachers access materials to make their classrooms more inclusive.

Beyond the classroom, we’ll grant 50 universities an exploreCSR awards award for the 2020-2021 academic year to help attract and retain underrepresented students in computer science, and we’re also supporting Black in AI with $250,000 to help increase Black representation in the field of AI.

These efforts build on our other education initiatives, including CodeNext, focused on cultivating the next generation of Black and Latinx tech leaders, and TechExchange, which partners with historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-serving Institutions (HSIs) to bring students to Google’s campus for four months to learn about topics from product management to machine learning.

In addition, we also launched the Grow with Google HBCU Career Readiness Program in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to help equip Historically Black College and University students with digital skills.

Supporting racial justice organizations

We continue to support organizations working to advance criminal justice reform. Building on $32 million in donations towards criminal justice reform over the past five years, Google.org is committing an additional $12 million in grants to advance racial justice, almost all of which has been distributed.

We announced the next round of grants—at $1 million each—to the Leadership Conference Education Fund, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Policing Reform Campaign and the Movement for Black Lives. We’ve also embedded a team of engineers, as part of our Google.org Fellowship program, in the Center for Policing Equity to help expand its National Justice Database. You can learn more about organizations fighting against racism and inequality here.

Globally, Google.org has committed $1 million to support local organizations in Brazil, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. Today, we’re committing another $1.5 million to support racial justice organizations and empower Black communities across Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on entrepreneurs and job skilling for Black youth.

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Building on $32 million in donations towards criminal justice reform over the past five years, Google.org is committing an additional $12 million in grants to advance racial justice. In addition to grants, Google.org will be providing pro bono technical support to organizations through the Google.org Fellowship program.

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