Uber finally sets diversity, inclusion and equity goals

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 12: Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO, Uber speaks during the Uber Elevate Summit 2019 at Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on June 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Uber Elevate)

Within the sphere of diversity, inclusion and equity, it’s common knowledge that companies are unlikely to achieve meaningful progress unless they put goals in place. Uber  has finally gotten the memo. Today, as part of its third diversity report, Uber committed to two three-year goals, as well as broke out the stats around intersectionality.

Uber is still predominantly white and Asian, but the company has made notable headway in the representation of black and Latinx people among its employees. Uber is now 9.3% black and 8.3% Latinx compared to just 8.1% black and 6.1% Latinx last year.

While these numbers are an improvement, they are not where they need to be. Project Include’s  Ellen Pao has previously said the numbers need to be at 13% black and 17% Latinx in order to reflect the demographics of the U.S. population.

“I think one area where we are improving but continue to need to improve is to increase the percentage of people of color at Uber,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told TechCrunch. “In general, both black and Latinx employees. But not only increasing representation but also really understanding the experience of a POC at Uber — their engagement and their satisfaction.”

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