On Tuesday, Uber Technologies Inc. published its first diversity report, showing that women and non-white employees are underrepresented in the transportation services company, as they are in many other technology companies.
Uber released the information after a series of revelations about its culture and business tactics that incited consumers to boycott the company and changes in senior management. A former employee last month told of a workplace characterized by sexual harassment and ruthless competition, prompting Uber to launch an internal investigation.
Uber’s total workforce is 36% women, but this number drops to 15% when considering employees in technical roles, said the company.
In comparison, the Google staff of Alphabet Inc. is composed of 31% women, Twitter Inc. is composed of 37% women and the Slack messaging startup is composed of 43% women, according to the websites of the companies.
Half of Uber’s total workforce is white, while Asians are the second largest ethnic group at 31 percent, blacks account for nearly 9 percent and Hispanics less than 6 percent, according to the report.
However, if we consider only employees with technical jobs, only 1 percent of Uber’s workforce is black and 2 percent is Hispanic.
“We need to do better and have a lot more work to do,” said Liane Hornsey, HR Manager at Uber, in a blog post accompanying the diversity report, published on Uber’s website (http://ubr.to/2o7M8It).
Uber also announced in the report that it has committed $3 million over the next three years to support organizations working to bring more women and underrepresented groups into technology. It did not say which organizations would benefit.
Hornsey acknowledged that “It’s no secret that we are late in releasing these numbers. Technology companies, including startups, have published annual diversity reports for years. Uber was founded in 2009.
Uber’s report came more than a month after a former employee, Susan Fowler, wrote a blog post describing a corporate culture where sexual harassment was common and went unpunished.
The allegations led to an internal investigation conducted by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and a public reprimand from Uber’s first investors, Mitch Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein.
In his diversity report, Uber stated that his hiring practices are improving. Last year, said Hornsey, 41 percent of new employees were women, or 5 percentage points more than the percentage of women in his overall workforce. Uber’s new hiring pool also has a higher percentage of blacks and Hispanics….