Google recently said it would work to increase the number of black employees in senior positions, setting a goal of having at least 30 percent of leadership positions held by minorities by 2025,media reported. In a blog post Wednesday, Google said it would hire more employees in Atlanta, Washington, Chicago and London, increase support for black workers and develop anti-racism programs within the company.
Blacks and other groups of people of color have long pointed out a lack of diversity at Silicon Valley companies such as Google, Facebook and Apple.
Protests against racism and police violence swept the United States last month after black George Floyd was killed by police, and the issue of under-staffing in American companies gained more attention.
Google executives have said diversity is a priority, but for many activists and employees, progress is not fast enough. According to Google’s annual diversity report, the company’s black workforce has grown from 2.4 percent in 2014 to 3.7 percent in 2020.
In addition to internal reforms, Google has announced a $175 million “economic opportunity package” to invest in black-led venture capital firms and start-ups, train black job seekers and fund small businesses.
At the same time, Google said it would slow overall hiring in most of its business units in response to the economic impact of the new Crown virus pandemic.