Uber CEO on diversity report: We need to improve 'across the board'


Nov 30, -0001 12:00 AM - 2018 years, 7 months, 2 weeks, 2 days, 17 hours, 47 minutes, 9 seconds ago


Uber CEO on diversity report: We need to improve 'across the board'

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CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says Uber is "just getting started" when it comes to improving diversity and inclusion.

On Tuesday, the ridehailing behemoth released its second annual global diversity report following a tumultuous 2017 that put its corporate culture under the microscope. Uber has made some slight improvements when it comes to diversifying its workforce in the past year, but its far from time for the company to celebrate.

"Frankly, I don't think we know what 'good' is yet. We know what 'better' is and we want to get better," said Khosrowshahi in an exclusive interview with CNNMoney.

The report, which looks at Uber's global workforce from March 2017 to March 2018, revealed that just 18% of its technical workers -- such as engineers and IT specialists -- are women, up from 15% the year before. For comparison, Facebook's percentage of women in technical roles is 19%, according to its most recent diversity report.

Khosrowshahi said the company didn't set specific goals for the future, something that is relatively standard among other tech firms that release annual reports. But that's something that may change in the years to come.

"... To define a goal at this point would be too soon," Khosrowshahi said. "Goals are easy, actions are hard ... Judge me based on what I do, not by what I say."

The former CEO of Expedia joined Uber, the most valuable privately held startup in the world, in late August.

Uber also reported a slight gain in black tech workers at the company, up 2.6% from 1%

(Facebook has 1%). Overall, 8.1% of Uber's workforce is made up of black workers -- down from 8.8%.

The company's EEO-1 report, which it also released, looks at its US workforce from December 2016 to December 2017

. As

Uber added nearly 3,500 U.S. employees, the percentage of women employed jumped from about 30% to 33%, the report indicated.

"The hard work is the work that you do when you build a diverse slate of candidates, sitting down with someone and developing their career and moving them around the company," Khosrowshahi added.

The company said it has changed its interview processes to mitigate bias and reworked more than 1,500 job descriptions to ensure they're using inclusive language. About

7,000 employees (up from 2,000 employees) now engage in various Uber employee resource groups such as Women of Uber and Black Hue.

Still, Khosrowshahi said the company's diversity "needs to improve across the board." One area in particular? Hiring or promoting more diverse leadership.

Overall, women in leadership roles at Uber went down one percentage point to 20%. Uber's women in tech leadership increased by more than 4% to nearly 16%

but it still doesn't haven't any non-white, non-Asian tech leaders.

"While we've made some good steps as it relates ...

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