|By Business Wire||
|May 28, 2014 10:07 PM EDT||
The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) commends Google for releasing a comprehensive report on the state of the company’s workforce diversity. While the report reveals low representation by women and minorities, Google’s swift, transparent, and self-motivated decision to publicize its internal corporate challenge is a very positive first step.
“The USHCC applauds Google’s courageous candor in releasing this report. Unlike many other companies, Google’s ultimate decision to disclose this information was not due to external pressures, but rather motivated by a candid culture that sets high internal standards as a global brand and industry leader. Google understands that recruiting and developing employees who reflect the faces of their consumers and shareholders is not only the right thing to do, but it is also a good business practice,” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “Our organization stands firmly beside Google and CEO Larry Page as these developments unfold. Above all else, Google’s decision to publish this report demonstrates the company’s forthcoming commitment to establish a more effective diversity and inclusion recruitment program.”
Google currently employs approximately 50,000 people, and typically hires thousands of new workers every year.
“We commend Google’s leadership in openly accepting responsibility for these disparities, and more importantly, for proactively seeking to rectify the situation,” said USHCC Chairman Marc Rodriguez. “This report has the potential to inspire a national conversation on corporate diversity and inclusion. Beyond the internal changes Google plans for itself, these discoveries may drive other major U.S. companies to turn inward and examine the diversity within their own workforce. Leadership comes in many forms, and through this report, Google has demonstrated the rarest and most noble of them all – unbridled transparency in the face of challenge.”
About Google Inc.
Google is a global technology leader focused on improving the ways people connect with information. Google’s innovations in web search and advertising have made its website a top internet property and its brand one of the most recognized in the world.
Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of our nation's entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf of nearly 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together contribute in excess of $468 billion to the American economy, each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as an umbrella to more than 200 local chambers and business associations across the nation, and partners with more than 220 major corporations.