Uber sets diversity goals, ties executive compensation to D&I success



Dive Brief:

  • Uber will consider progress toward its 2022 diversity and inclusion goals when it determines executive pay and evaluates executives’ job performance, the tech company announced Monday in its 2019 D&I report. The company said it tied goals to grow the percentage of women and underrepresented employees in specific roles to compensation “for several of our most senior executives.”
  • Currently, women comprise 40.9% of Uber’s global workforce, 21.9% of workers in tech roles and 13.8% of its tech leaders. Although Asian workers are just under one-third of its U.S. workforce, black or African American, Latinx and multiracial groups each make up less than 10% of its U.S. workforce. These latter three groups make up an even smaller percentage of tech roles. Combined they make up less than 2% of tech leadership at Uber, the report’s data showed.
  • “Overall, white men still make up the majority of Uber’s employee population (30.1%) in the U.S.,” wrote Uber’s Chief D&I Officer Bo Young Lee in the report. “In 2020, and in each subsequent year, we’ll be able to look at the intersectional representation data to assess how well our people processes are working and how inclusive our culture is for different groups at Uber — particularly women of color, whose intersectional identities often result in invisibility, especially in tech.”

Dive Insight:

Tech companies have struggled to adequately address the underrepresentation of women and people of color in their workforces and leadership, according to research. Tech leaders, like Uber and Google, have also faced harassment allegations in the past year. Uber examined its demographic data to inform its report and its goals for improvement, but Lee said inclusion is not only about numbers — even in tech workplaces.

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