Lenovo Releases First Ever Diversity and Inclusion Strategy
As the tech industry moves towards transparency in the workplace, more companies are committing to improving diversity and fostering inclusion. This includes publicly sharing their employee diversity data.
While it is clear the industry still has work to do, companies are tracking internal progress and sharing how they plan to move diversity and inclusion forward.
Lenovo just joined the slew of high-profile tech companies in releasing their diversity figures and core inclusion strategy for the first time.
The report showed the computer manufacturing company is only 7.3 percent Black and 4.9 percent Latino. The comparison shows the majority of their workforce is white at 66.9 percent and 18.6 percent Asian.
The computer manufacturing company plans to hire and retain diverse talent while focusing on reviewing their hiring process and searching for potential structural bias. Part of the recruitment strategy to reach diverse candidates is through their University Hiring program targeting five HBCUs each year.
The company also has a resource group dedicated to mentoring and leadership development for Black employees.
“In a time of great global transformation and uncertainty, it’s right that we reflect on what it means to both be and succeed as a global business today. At its core, global means being diverse and inclusive,” said Lenovo chairman and CEO, Yang Yuanqing, in a statement released to the press.
In the report, Lenovo also outlined a four-point strategy for improving diversity at the company: build inclusive leadership behaviors, foster diverse and inclusive systems, ensure accountability, and tell our story.
“I’m proud of the progress we’ve made…but we have more work to do,” said chief diversity officer Yolanda Lee Conyers. “With focus on measurable commitments that bring us closer to our vision of a technology structure—and by extension, a social structure—that allows everyone to participate fully.”