Technology giant HP announced today a series of diversity and inclusion initiatives and goals, including a commitment to reach gender parity in its leadership ranks by 2030. According to the company, the new goals aim to help improve diversity, equality and inclusiveness in the technology industry.
Enrique Lores, HP Inc. President and CEO, said:
“Our 2030 goals are designed to make HP the world’s most sustainable and just technology company. The actions we’re taking to address some of society’s greatest challenges will strengthen our communities while spurring innovation and growth across our business.”
In addition to becoming the first Fortune 100 tech company to commit to gender parity in leadership, HP announced several other 2030 targets, including reaching greater than 30% technical women and women in engineering roles, meeting or exceeding labor market representation for racial/ethnic minorities in the U.S., maintaining higher than 90 percent rating on its internal inclusion index for all employee demographics annually, and reaching one million workers through worker empowerment programs.
“Creating a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion has long been integral to HP’s success, but our work is far from done. We will continue pushing to break down barriers within our own organization while using our platforms to advance gender and racial equality, social justice and human rights across our ecosystem.”
Today’s announcement follows the launch by HP earlier this year by HP of its Racial Equality and Social Justice Task Force, aimed at accelerating the strategies, practices and policies around pipeline, retention and promotion for Black and African American talent, leveraging its industry spending power to influence its ecosystem, and advocating for Black and African Americans through public policy, civic action and clear corporate positions on local and national issues.
Commenting on the company’s new commitments, HP’s Chief Diversity Officer Lesley Slaton Brown said:
“The COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the murder of George Floyd and so many others whose lives were needlessly cut short, sparked a long-overdue reckoning with the systemic inequities that afflict our communities. We’re committed to turning the tragedies and challenges of the past year into a force for meaningful change. We will not turn a blind eye to the forces of racism, discrimination and inequity that hold so many back from reaching their potential, and we will not rest until everyone, everywhere has access to the opportunities they deserve.”