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Setting the Bar High: How Intel is Tackling Tech Diversity

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Intel broke ground in 2002 when we started sharing our EEO1 form publicly. Once we decided to publish workplace data internally for our employees, it was a natural step to also post it to the world. Today is no different, and we are proud to share our 2015 Mid-Year Inclusion Report.

Over the past decade, we have continued to share our data while we drove various initiatives and programs focused on closing our gaps. Some were successful. Some weren't. The reality is that we are trying to do inside our walls what society is still trying to do outside our walls. Humans come into the workplace filled with life experiences that shape their values and beliefs. While we drove micro-inequities and unconscious bias training, our gaps were not closing fast enough.

In January, our CEO Brian Krzanich stood on stage before the largest gathering of our industry peers and set a bold, new goal that, by 2020, Intel's U.S. workforce would represent the talent available in the positions we hire for at Intel. He went further to say that we would set a new standard for transparency and promote our progress along the way.

Today, we share our Mid-Year Report, which provides a template for sharing significantly more information than is available on the EEO1 form, including:

  • Hiring data and goals (by numbers and percentages)

  • Market availability and representation–market availability tells us what talent is available to us with the given education and skills of a particular gender, race, or national origin. Representation is our number of employees. Full representation is when our actual employee number equals market availability.

We are proud to show our progress against not just our U.S. workforce representation goals, but our comprehensive focus on the overall ecosystem.

1. Making Intel a More Diverse Company. To meet our 2020 workforce goal of full representation in our U.S. employee base, we are focused on hiring, retention, and progression of women and underrepresented minorities. I'm happy to say that we're on track to meet overall hiring goals for this year, year one of our five-year commitment.

  • We are currently tracking to 43.3% diverse hires in 2015, which exceeds our goal in the United States of 40% for 2015.

  • More African-Americans and women are working at Intel today than there were at the beginning of the year.

  • More women and underrepresented minorities are in leadership (VP and Senior Fellows) today at Intel than at the beginning of the year.

2. Growing the Pipeline. We have made critical progress in increasing our hiring of underrepresented populations. But even with that, the pool of female, African American, Hispanic, and Native Americans pursuing careers in engineering and computer science must increase, not just for the sake of Intel's hiring needs, but the competitiveness of our nation. Intel has had a longstanding commitment to education, and our efforts now are even more focused on driving collective investments at the high school, community college, and higher education levels to generate a meaningful impact over the next five years.

3. Expanding Diversity through and Suppliers and Startups.

  • We have reached $117 million in spending with global diverse suppliers and are on track to achieve our 2015 goal of $250 million in spending.

  • With a $125M goal to invest in diverse entrepreneurs, we made four investments at $17M in the first half of 2015, and have identified two more that we will announce later this year.

Our team has used the same laser focus that has brought innovation to the world to the issue of diversity and inclusion.  And while we have strengthened our focus in our programs, systems, and measurements, the game changer has been the level of accountability driven from the top.

We look forward to continuing to share our progress openly, including what we are learning, what is going well, and what is not. Our industry has a lot of work to do and it can best be done together. What I have been so personally struck by since January is the genuine pride and desire of our employees who are coming together to help improve. People of many backgrounds who are committed to Intel's goal and see the value of working in an environment of full inclusion.  Our intention is to do all we can to collaborate and share openly so that what we all desire becomes the reality.

Updated August 12, 2015.

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Rosalind L. Hudnell is vice president of Human Resources and director of Diversity and Inclusion at Intel Corporation. She oversees Intel's strategic approach to developing a diverse workforce.