To tackle D&I in a comprehensive and holistic manner, we realized the first step was to create a core framework to ensure that we considered every element of the cultural change needed to bring about positive progress. We initially focused on four areas:
In focusing on individuals, our employee resource groups (ERGs) grew from seven to 15 in less than two years – an expansion from around 2,000 members to almost 7,000 across the company. The ERGs, which are worker-led groups each focused on a different community, have been instrumental in helping drive the culture change and contribute to our growth spanning from culture to commerce.
Furthermore, we created Why Diversity Matters (WDM), our first global diversity workshop program designed to emphasize awareness and our commitment to inclusive behavior. Since WDM, we’ve trained more than 4,000 staff and continue to refine the workshop to ensure staff attain growth, no matter where they are in their respective D&I journey.
We deployed a $3 million STEM fund to support organizations such as Girls Who Code, BUILD, Code.org, SMASH, Technovation, OHUB, the Hidden Genius Project and others to positively impact society. We knew we needed to do our part by investing in STEM and entrepreneurship and we are continually working to deepen these partnerships to uphold that commitment.
We created Uber’s first Diversity Advisory Council, an advisory body comprised of Uber employees and six external experts well versed in diversity and inclusion to help advise Uber on these matters. We also built a dedicated D&I team, created a diversity-sourcing function, improved our recruiting process and updated our cultural norms.
In overhauling systems, we rewrote 1,500 job profiles to ensure they were more inclusive, conducted a full audit of salary and equity for fairness across gender and race/ethnicity, revamped our performance review process, and released our first and second diversity reports.
When I reflect on my two years at Uber, what is apparent is the significant growth and progress we’ve made. I’m proud to have played a part in this journey and am appreciative to have had the opportunity to contribute.
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