In the midst of a global health crisis and economic recession, the United States faces another pivotal moment. The nation now grapples with the killing of George Floyd, continued race-fueled policy brutality and the outrage, pain and protests that have stemmed from a deeply embedded history of racism. Collective voices from across the country – both on the streets and on social media – are pushing institutions, industries and individuals to confront the issue head-on – and now, it seems, corporate America is ready to listen.
Company Extends Diversity Efforts with New Film from Fred & Farid
by Adrianne Pasquarelli
HP Inc. is advertising its commitment to reduce bias among its hiring managers with a new film created out of Fred & Farid that shows multiple black job candidates on interviews that conclude with the dreaded words, "We'll be in touch." The disappointment on their faces is palpable, and the scenes provide viewers a glimpse of the frustration and desperation those who experience discrimination during the job search may feel.
"When qualified for a job," text on the screen explains, "African-Americans are 3x more likely to experience a denial."
by Lesley Slaton Brown, Chief Diversity Officer at HP
The technology industry likes to pride itself on being ahead of the times by helping to create the world of tomorrow, but it’s less forward-thinking when it comes to tackling today’s social issues around diversity and inclusion. By failing to bring in diverse perspectives, work experiences, life styles and cultures, our industry is missing out on a wealth of opportunity for advancing innovation.
At HP, we believe in the power and promise of committing to a more diverse and inclusive workplace. And we’re proud of the progress we’ve made, with the most diverse board of directors of any technology company, among other things, and the awards and recognition we’ve won because of it.