Best Diversity Reports : 5 tech companies reviewed

Best Diversity Reports : 5 tech companies reviewed

I was put on the spot myself at Reward Gateway’s April staff conference when I was asked in an on-stage interview if a recent restructure had worsened gender diversity in senior management roles.

So I said we’d work on our first official, proper, transparent diversity report at Reward Gateway. We’ll be publishing in shortly over on the main Reward Gateway blog and in the process of doing this we’ve looked for guidance, best practice and learnings from some of the world’s best tech companies, which I’m sharing here :

5 Best Diversity reports from 2016

The 10 best Diversity reports that we found include, maybe as you’d expect, the top tech companies.

Diversity is a real hot topic in technology at the moment. Facebook is being shamed as having a diversity in technology problem whilst Salesforce recently spent $3m fixing a gender pay issue and even corporate heavyweight IBM laid in supporting transgender people in the North Carolina bathroom debacle.

So here is our desktop review of diversity reporting, including what we found useful in each one

1. Atlassian

The Atlassian report breaks the mold of many by breaking down diversity at a team level. They also include age against the normal gender and ethnicity. The full report is online along with a reasonable guide to their methodology.

2. Google

Google have a great diversity micro site explaining how they’re tackling diversity issues including raising awareness and addressing unconscious bias, providing tailored employee benefits and infusing diversity throughout their people processes.

3 Apple

Apple’s Diversity Report is short and sweet with an intro from Tim Cook. It covers gender and ethnicity and compares 2015 with 2014 showing small amounts of progress.

4. Etsy

Over at Etsy, where 90% of customers are female, diversity is a big issue and their Diversity & Equality at Etsy report includes some top level information on how they measure and report diversity.

5. AT&T

AT&T’s leadership is responsible for making sure that the company accomplishes diversity and they have a chief diversity officer that helps integrate the diversity plan into the overall business strategy.

Diversity is connected to innovation and success.

There are some common threads running through all the different diversity policies that we investigated while developing our own revamped diversity policy. In the increasingly connected world, it’s important to integrate diversity and inclusion within the business structure to become truly successful. In order to foster creativity and innovation, which are essential for success in technology, you need to have diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Written by 

Glenn is an employee engagement and tech entrepreneur. He founded Reward Gateway, the HR technology company in 2006 and continues to lead it as CEO today.

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