While Google’s newly released workforce demographic figures shined a negative light on the lack of diversity within the world’s top tech sector companies, Fearless Solutions’ stakeholders marvel confidentiality as the Fearless commitment to diversity is once again highlighted in bold.
On May 28, after receiving pressure to release workforce diversity figures, Google released figures indicating that only a disappointing five percent (5%) of its employees are African American and Latino, with just thirty percent (30%) of employees worldwide being women. These figures compared to those reporting that of Google’s employees a staggering seventy percent (70%) were men and sixty-one (61%) percent were white. Google representatives indicated that going public with the figures would be the first step in beginning to resolve racial and gender diversity issues.
Fearless Solutions President Delali Dzirasa stated that “we welcome Google’s going public with these numbers and agree that having a public debate about diversity within the top echelons of high-tech sector employers is a good place to start.” Dzirasa, himself an African American business owner and software developer, went on to say that “the Fearless commitment to workforce diversity has been foundational from the onset and we are proud to continue to lead in high-tech sector employment diversity.”
The Fearless Solutions commitment to diversity is exemplified in its accreditation as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). Along with its MBE certification, Fearless has been awarded and continues to maintain Federal 8(a) and Federal HUBZone certifications, demonstrating a continuous effort to fill high tech positions with employees from disadvantaged neighborhoods. The Federal HUBZone certification aims to revitalize neighborhoods which require the most assistance and Fearless is a proud and dedicated partner in this diversity program.
While Google does state that this information release is designed to help address its recruitment of talented and diverse people, Dzirasa expressed that “recruitment of a diverse workforce is only part of a multi-pronged approach at closing the diversity gap in the STEM fields. High tech sector leaders must participate in programs to encourage women and minorities, particularly from impoverished neighborhoods, to participate in STEM programs.” Dzirasa’s conclusions are shared by many studies on closing the gender and minority gaps in STEM jobs, specifically those advocating for broader leadership from companies such as Google or Apple in providing educational programs aimed at children in impoverished communities.
Fearless’ President Dzirasa concluded by adding that “we’ll soon be announcing further initiatives that not only add to our diverse employment demographics, but go directly into inner city communities and provide teaching as well as jobs to inner city youth. We’re very excited about these initiatives and the good they’ll do.”