Intel Corporation revealed that the company has increased its workforce diversity after implementing a three year effort focusing on inclusion. This is a big win for diversity in technology and is a step towards improving representation in the industry as a whole.
“In 2015, Intel established a $300 million fund to be used by 2020 to improve diversity. Whites make up 46.2 percent of the workforce at the company, and Asians 38.9 percent, according to Intel.” Overall, the company showed that “women comprised 26.8 percent of Intel’s U.S. workforce in 2018, up from 24.7 percent in 2015. Women in leadership positions grew to 20.7 percent from 17.7 percent. The percentage of African Americans at Intel has risen to nearly 5 percent from 3.5 percent in 2015 and Hispanics rose to 9.2 percent from 8.3 percent.” While the numbers are low compared to other tech companies for women, in terms of African Americans and Hispanics, Intel is near the head of the pack.
For now, the strategy is to continue on its commitment path, according to Barbara Whye, Intel’s chief diversity and inclusion officer. “The company will continue to work with historically black colleges and the Oakland Unified School District in California.” to continue
to utilize its pipeline for stablized inclusive hires. “Without providing figures, Intel said it had reached “full representation” two years ahead of its goal based on skilled minorities in the available workforce.”