In its latest diversity report, Google showed that it made incremental progress in the recruitment of black and Latino employees.
According to the report, the number of black employees increased from 3.3% in 2018 to 3.7% in 2019 while Latino employees increased from 5.7% to 5.9%. The percentage of Asian employees also increased from 39.8% to 41.9% while the number of white employees dropped from 54.4% to 51.7%. Google’s “temps, vendors and contractors,” which reportedly outnumbers full-time staff, are not included in the report.
Google said that while the number of black and Latino employees is still small, the number of black employees has quadrupled since 2014. And the number of diverse employees has grown by 170% since then. Chief diversity officer Melonie Parker said they have added thousands of women and people of color since 2014.
The tech giant has also launched diversity-related initiatives. These include revising family leave policies, releasing pay equity analyses and giving a $2.8 million space in its New York headquarters to the Black Girls Code.
But despite its diversity efforts and initiatives, critics still have complaints against Google. In late 2019, the company terminated several employees who were active in workplace organizing efforts. It was also accused of sexual discrimination because some of the dismissed employees are part of the LGBTQ community.