In 2015, Intel announced that it was allocating $ 300 million to increase diversity, not only among its own ranks, but also in the broader technology industry.
At that time, the chipmaker's workforce was composed of 4% black employees, 8% Hispanic and 24% female employees.
Fast forward a few years, and Intel
says he has reached his goal of "full representation" much earlier than planned.
Do not get too excited That sounds a lot better than it is.
In this case, this is what "full representation" means, an exclusive goal of Intel: almost 5% of blacks, 9.2% of Hispanics and approximately 27% of women.
An improvement, of course, but not exactly representative of the population of the United States.
That's because those numbers, according to Intel, simply reflect the group of talents available and are a first step to reach a wider diversity. The company bases the words "full representation" on market availability, a metric that is derived from data drawn from various sources, including the National Center for Education Statistics, the US Census Bureau, and internal data from the company.
Joelle Emerson, founder and executive director of diversity and inclusion strategy firm Paradigm, told The Wall Street Journal that the goal "is not particularly aspirational" and that "it means that we are as representative as basically other organizations in our industry."
Barbara Whye, Intel's director general of diversity and inclusion, explained that the goal is "like an inch in the 12-inch rule" and that the company's next likely goal is to better reflect the general population.