Coalition of tech companies and academics launches groundbreaking report to transform diversity, equity and inclusion outcomes in the tech industry



WASHINGTON–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Today, a coalition of 29 leading Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) experts from academia and the tech industry released a new report, Action to Catalyze Technology (ACT), which calls on tech companies to engage in bold collective action by leveraging DCI’s best practices in open source, encouraging collaboration on systemic solutions, and increasing accountability to drive change.

Convened by the Aspen Institute, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), PwC and Snap Inc., a cross-sector working group has partnered for more than a year to bring together relevant research-based actions that companies can take action to help dramatically improve DCI results. The ACT Report compiles this research in one place and provides a blueprint and tools for businesses at all stages – from startups to mature organizations – to implement to drive internal and industry change. The full report is available here: https://actreport.com/.

More than 30 CEOs and leaders of leading technology organizations, including Airbnb, Apple, Dropbox, Etsy, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, Salesforce, Spotify and Uber, have pledged to be the founding signatories of the ACT Report, committing to hold themselves and their companies accountable for accelerating progress towards DCI success. Together, these founding signatories represent more than 500,000 technology employees.

As part of the commitment, the signatory companies commit to developing company-specific strategies to continue or improve the activity around the four recommendations of the report, which include:

  • Model and encourage inclusive leadership, including recognizing DCI as a business imperative.

  • Operationalize DEI across the enterprise by applying a framework for determining how to spend money (supplier diversity), design and create products (product inclusion), and think about talent.

  • Share DEI demographics with a new industry partner, the Tech Equity Accountability Mechanism, incubated by the Aspen Institute, with the goal of creating industry-wide standards for reporting this data.

  • Turn future pathways into technology for underrepresented talent, including helping to address the dire shortage of computer educators from underrepresented backgrounds.

“The tech industry remains dominated by white males, ”said Vivian Schiller, executive director of Aspen Digital, a program at the Aspen Institute.Justice for underrepresented communities requires sustained commitment, transparency and accountability on the part of leaders, and that is what we are aiming for with Catalyze Tech. We are pleased that so many tech companies are committed to implementing the recommendations made in this report, and eager to support the industry on a path to real equity. ”

“Increasing diversity, equity and inclusion is more than a numbers game. Real change happens when business leaders remove biases and systemic barriers to promoting inclusive organizational cultures, ”said Lucy Sanders, CEO and Founder of NCWIT. “It is imperative that we continue to call on tech companies to take action and help make the tech industry a more faithful reflection of a society at large. ”

“Quite often the tech industry is moving fast and aiming for the stars – but when it comes to diversity and inclusion, the industry’s progress has been excruciatingly slow. It is high time that the urgency and the responsibility were taken, and the ACT Report sets a tangible roadmap for businesses of all sizes, ”said Oona King, vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion at Snap Inc. and chair of the Catalyze Tech task force. “Collective action is essential and requires everyone in the company – from CEOs to interns – to be inspired to take action. ”

“Diversity, equity and inclusion must be treated with the same priority, investment and rigor as other C-Suite priorities – this requires collaboration, accountability and transparency to help accelerate systemic and sustainable change. Said Shannon Schuyler, Chief Purpose & Inclusion Officer at PwC NOUS. “The commitments set out in the ACT report strive to do just that, from the talent we recruit, to the suppliers we work with, to the products we create. to drive large-scale change.

The full list of companies that pledged to adhere to the report’s recommendations at launch are: Airbnb; Apple; Ariel Investments; Cisco; DoorDash; Drop box; Etsy; Google; Headspace health; Justworks; LinkedIn; Maven; Netflix; The next door; PwC; Ro; Selling power ; Break; Spotify; Twitter; Uber; Vimeo; Warby Parker; and Wipro; as well as PledgeLA and the companies that make up the Alliance for Global Inclusion: Applied Materials, Dell, Intel, Micron Technology, Nasdaq and NTT Data.

On November 3, Catalyze Tech will host the first annual DCI Innovation Summit, which will bring together CEOs and CEOs of signatory companies, DCI experts and advocates to discuss cross-sector alignment and how to deliver recommendations. of the report in action. The summit, which will be held virtually, will begin at 9:00 a.m. PT, and it will be available to watch for free. here.

Learn more about this effort at ACTReport.com.

About Catalyze Tech

Catalyze Tech is a new initiative to align the tech industry around collective action for diversity, equity and inclusion (DCI), based on the belief that results cannot be transformed by a single leader or a single company. This is an industry-wide challenge that must be met by working together.

The founding recommendations of the coalition, published in its Action Report to Catalyze Technology (ACT), were developed over the course of a year by a cross-sector working group made up of academics, DCI experts, think tanks and tech companies, with the aim of bringing companies together to set standards for the industry for DCI and determine and engage in the collective action needed to address systemic inequity in technology.

The working group that produced the report included experts and academics from AnitaB.org; Aspen Digital, a program of the Aspen Institute; Bennington College; Brookings Institution; Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions, University of Texas at El Paso; Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology; Coqual; CSforAll; Expanding Diversity and Gender Equity in Tech (EDGE in Tech) â„¢ Initiative at the University of California; Google; Harvard Business School; IncluSTEM; Kapor Center; LA-Tech.org; Management leadership for tomorrow; National Center for Women and Information Technology; Powered by Decisions, LLC; PwC; QSIDE Institute; Reboot representation; School education solutions; Snap Inc .; University of Massachusetts Amherst; and the Women in Public Policy program at Harvard Kennedy School.


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