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July 31, 2014

eBay Releases Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Data: Rev Jackson comments

 

Reverend Jesse L.  Jackson, Sr.

And Rainbow PUSH Coalition Comment -

eBay Releases Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Data

July 31, 2014

 

Today, EBay joined the growing list of companies that are releasing data on the race and gender make up of their workforce, and posted their EEO-1 workforce data on their website. 

 

EBay’s data mirrors the data presented by other companies. just 2% Blacks and Latinos in their tech workforce (5% Latino and 7% Black on the non-tech side), and they admit they have “much work to do” to overcome the gaps and imbalances confronting all of Silicon Valley and the tech industry.

 

Women make up a respectable 42% of eBay’s employee base.   There are ZERO Blacks or Latinos on EBay’s Board of Directors or in their C-suite leadership. 

 

EBay has taken a step in the right direction.   We commend their move toward transparency and public accountability.  Now EBay must fulfill its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Like other tech companies, eBay said it has much work to do and pledged to do better. 

 

Tech companies who are serious about moving the needle must put a real plan in place: set goals, targets and timetables regarding diversity and inclusion on their Boards, their c-suite leadership and their general employee base.   They must partner with African Americans, Latinos and people of color in "mutually beneficial, reciprocal, fair trade" in areas of financial and professional services, marketing and advertising, and procurement.   We call that Equanomics – seeking equity and parity, using an economic lens to measure race equality.

 

Treat inclusion and diversity goals just as you would any serious, business line of a company, and measure it.  And tech companies must allocate the necessary budget, resources and staff – either existing or new – to achieve it.

 

Rainbow PUSH stands willing to meet and work with eBay’s leaders, and other tech companies, to fulfill this promise.  Our interest is not in protest, but in partnership.  Let's be partners at all levels.  Let’s close the gaps and imbalances.

 

There is nothing that they cannot do.  There is no talent deficit, there's an opportunity deficit.  Silicon Valley and the tech industry have demonstrated that you can solve the most challenging complex problems in the world.   Inclusion is a complex problem – if we put our collective minds to it, we can solve it, too. There’s nothing we can’t do, together. 

 

Background on Rainbow PUSH Digital Connections Initiative: March – July 2014

 

In just a few months, Rainbow PUSH’s advocacy and public engagement has created a new climate of change is sweeping through Silicon Valley.  It’s the civil rights imperative of this era.

 

In March, Rainbow PUSH began its shareholder activism by attending and presenting at HP’s shareholder meeting.   We subsequently presented to corporate leaders at eBay, Google and Facebook’s shareholder meetings.

 

In a direct dialogue with David Drummond and leaders of Google at their meeting in May (view video:

http://rainbowpush.org/news/single/Rev_Jesse_Jackson_Applauds_Googles_Release_of_EEO1_Data), Google responded directly by saying their were wrong not to release their data to the public, and committed to doing so.

 

Rainbow PUSH commended Google for releasing their data, and then challenged through a Open Letter and direct communications to Yahoo, LinkedIn, Pandora, eBay, Apple, Salesforce, EBay, Amazon, Yelp - 20 companies in total – to follow this “transparency movement, to come out from under the veil of secrecy, and release their EEO-1 and workforce data.

 

(see

http://rainbowpush.org/news/single/open_letter_to_silicon_valley_-_be_transparent_release_your_eeo1_data)

 

Within weeks, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Facebook, Salesforce, Microsoft, Verizon, Comcast, and ATT responded positively. (http://rainbowpush.org/news)

 

Launching an online petition drive, and using social media and EBay to challenge EBay’s secrecy, the Rainbow PUSH/Color of Change campaign delivered 25,000 petitions in 5 days.

(http://rainbowpush.org/news/single/using_twitter_to_challenge_twitter_on_workforce_inclusion-diversity_data)

 

Twitter released their data last week, and now eBay has joined in. 

 

VMware released workforce data ONLY regarding women in their workforce, astonishingly omitting any reference to the racial composition of their employee base.

 

Pandora and Apple indicated to Rainbow PUSH and the media that they, too, would join the “transparency movement” and release their data in the near future. 

 

To their credit, Intel, HP and Cisco have long posted their EEO-1 workforce data on their websites.

 

The community has its goals and targets:  inclusion on the boards, in the c-suites and in the workforce at levels comparable to our consumer use and population.   There should be minority inclusion in financial and professional services, marketing and advertising, procurement and supplier diversity.

 

The community has timetables:  each year, we will measure the outcomes and progress, or lack thereof, of the tech industry’s inclusion and diversity practices.  

 

In this new era of transparency and change, RainbowPUSH issues this call to action to the community and tech industry: 

 

Silicon Valley must evolve and expand to look like America, and mirror American values and principles.  We must even the playing field and play by one set of rules.  Let’s close these gaps together.  Let all of share in America’s growth and opportunity.  Let’s win together.

 

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Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH  People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.

 

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