Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round-Up: April 20, 2018
Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about gender discrimination and racial bias, learn about the power social media users have and watch HP’s latest “Reinvent Mindsets” spot. Happy Friday!
Microsoft is trying hard to drive diversity and inclusion, but among the 5 biggest tech companies in the US they are the most male dominated company – and court filings that were made public recently show that in the past years, 238 internal complaints were filed about sexual harassment and gender discrimination. This (lengthy) article takes a closer look at the culture at Microsoft and the challenges women have faced. (And here is Microsoft’s response.)
Starbucks announced that they will close their 8000 stores for half a day in May to do racial bias training. This comes after policemen were being filmed arresting two black men for trespassing. The men were waiting for a friend in a store in Philadelphia and a Starbucks employee decided to call the police.
Weibo, one of the most popular social media sites in China with almost 400 Million active users, decided to reverse their plans to ban any homosexual content. Last week they announced that in future they will remove any gay themed content – but after massive protests from their users they retracted their decision. Read more here.
HP just launched another spot for their “Reinvent Mindsets” campaign, challenging bias in the world of work. For this video, they asked people what comes to their mind when they hear the phrase “Latino jobs” and people responded with the typical stereotypes like construction. Worth watching!