Google boosts racial equity program pledge to $275 mn

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and parent firm Alphabet, said the Silicon Valley giant is committing $175 million to racial equity
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and parent firm Alphabet, said the Silicon Valley giant is committing $175 million to racial equity programs in addition to a $100 million initiative at Google-owned YouTube

Google on Wednesday announced a $175 million package to support black business owners, startup founders, job seekers and developers, along with an array of racial equity initiatives at the technology giant.

The moves come just days after Google-owned YouTube launched a $100 million fund to "amplify and develop" voices of black creators at the popular video sharing platform.

"Listening to the personal accounts of members of our Black Leadership Advisory Group and our Black+ Googlers has only reinforced for me the reality our black communities face," chief executive Sundar Pichai said in a letter to employees.

"One where systemic racism permeates every aspect of life, from interactions with , to access to housing and capital, to , education, and the workplace."

Pichai outline "concrete commitments" being made by Google to promote racial equity in the company, its products and its programs.

Google set a goal of increasing "underrepresented" groups in leadership positions by 30 percent during the coming five years.

The internet giant established new "talent liaison" positions to advocate when it comes to keeping and promoting employees from .

Pichai said Google is also creating a to come up with ways to improve recruiting, hiring, career progress and more in regards to Google's African-American employees.

An example of moves being made to promote unity in the Google community was a halt to having employees confront suspected "tailgaters" tagging along behind them as they pass through entryways requiring keycard access.

"We have realized this process is susceptible to bias," Pichai said.

"Now, as we prepare to return to the office, we will end the practice of Googlers badge-checking each other and rely on our already robust security infrastructure."

Google will also establish a range of anti-racism educational programs and better support the mental health of black workers, according to Pichai.

Google is building racial equality awareness into products, with features such as teaching its assistant digital aide to answer questions about Black Lives Matter or the Juneteenth celebration of the end of slavery in the US, he added.


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