Intel recently released its report, Diversity & Inclusion Annual Report 2016. While there was little movement in increasing the overall number of minority employees since 2014–12.3% to 12.5%–there were other successful strides made to diversify the Intel workforce and ultimately the tech pipeline.
According to reflections on the annual report, as highlighted by Danielle Brown, chief diversity & inclusion officer and VP of human resources at Intel, on the tech company’s blog:
- Intel exceeded its 2016 hiring target, with 45.1% diverse hiring, and it is committed to surpassing this in 2017.
- Intel increased its overall representation of women since 2014, from 2.3% to 25.8%.
- The company achieved 100% pay parity for both women and underrepresented minorities, as well as promotion parity for females and underrepresented minorities.
- To help retain women and minority employees, in spring 2016, Intel launched WarmLine: a service that provides a support channel for U.S. employees to explore different options with a personal adviser, before they consider leaving the company.
- Intel conducted its largest ever study of retention and progression for multicultural employees. This study, presented in Q2 to Intel’s executive leadership team, used quantitative analysis, qualitative interviews, and surveyed over 15,000 Intel employees.
- Intel’s newly appointed U.S. vice presidents are 41% women or underrepresented minorities.
In December, the components giant named Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas its first ever Change Ambassador. Douglas took part in Intel’s Hack Harassment campaign to end online bullying. She was a victim of online harassment, following her performance at the Rio Olympic Games.
There was also some yield from Intel’s investment in STEM education. As a result of its Oakland Education initiative, the number of Oakland students enrolled in computer science courses increased by 400%, and the number of high school students in AP computer science class increased from 33 students to 361.
Intel also announced it is contributing $1.32 million to the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), to create pathways for Native American students.
Brown notes, “There is still much work to be done, to achieve our 2020 goal of full representation, namely with increasing the number of underrepresented minorities and countering the retention issue.”
You can view the full report here.