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Google on Wednesday shared diversity numbers for its organization for the first time, offering a more open look at the makeup of the company. After admitting that it had been wrong to hold back the numbers in the past, Google acknowledge that it is not as diverse as it wants to be.
70 percent of Google’s global workforce is male. In the US, 61 percent of employees are white, with Asian being the second-largest ethnic group at 30 percent. Hispanic and Black weighed in at 3 percent and 2 percent, respectively.
In order to improve diversity, Google has invested $40 million since 2010 in programs for educating women and girls in computer science. The company has also worked with historically black colleges and universities on their computer science coursework.
“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,” Laszlo Bock, Google’s Senior Vice President of People Operations said.
➤ Getting to work on diversity at Google
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