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Diversity and Inclusion Company Index: Microsoft

“Real progress on diversity and inclusion doesn’t happen without real work. But if we approach it with intention, commitment, empathy and humility, we might just be able to make meaningful, sustainable change together”, Microsoft says in a blog announcing a global digital conference focused on diversity and inclusion on March 17 called Include 2021.

Microsoft said the free event will feature global experts in academia, social change and diversity inclusion leading in-depth conversations about lasting cultural change.

Topics will include allyship, covering, intersectionality, privilege, gender, disability, race and ethnicity, age, faith, and mental health.

”Our hope is that the conversations started will continue long afterward and will encourage each of us to engage in diversity and inclusion with intention, purpose and relentless empathy. We will also launch a site on with insights from external experts along with some of our own diversity and inclusion learning content.”

In its diversity and inclusion report, Microsoft’s Diversity and Inclusion 2020 Report, the company notes that it is written at a time marked by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, amplified acts of racial injustice, and the reality of global uncertainty. The company stresses that its repot covers only Microsoft and not its broader family of companies.

The company notes “modest gains” concerning diverse representation since 2019. Women represent 28.6% of the global Microsoft workforce, an increase of 1.0 percentage point since 2019.

”However, racial and ethnic minority communities have largely seen incremental progress and there is still much work to be done.”

Black or African American employees represent 4.9% of the US workforce, up 0.3 percentage points since 2019. Hispanic and Latinx employees represent 6.6% of the US. workforce, up 0.3 percentage points since 2019.

Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander employees represent 0.7% of the US workforce, and this number has remained the same since 2019.

Asian employees, which include more than a dozen different ethnic groups, represent 34.7% of the US workforce, an increase of 1.6 percentage points compared to 2019.

”We see clear opportunity to improve representation across all levels and roles, especially for Black and African American and Hispanic and Latinx employees”, the report says.

Black and African American employees are 4.9% of the US workforce and 5.2% of individual contributors, but only 2.9% of managers, 2.6% of directors, and 2.9% of partners + executives.

Hispanic or Latino employees are 6.6% of the US workforce and 6.8% of individual contributors, but only 5.4% of managers, 4.8% of directors, and 4.4% of partners + executives.


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