Google strives toward one overarching mission: to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. With a user base in the millions, Google must anticipate needs not yet articulated by our global audience. We aspire to build an organization that reflects the globally diverse audience that our search engine and tools serve. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it also makes good business sense; the diversity of perspectives, ideas, and cultures drives us to create better products and services.
A culture of inclusion We strive to create an inclusive workplace where all Googlers can be themselves, and where each and every Googler has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We offer benefits and policies that make Google a great place for everyone, like prayer rooms and mother’s rooms, and grossing up health benefits coverage for same-sex couples.
Google has offices around the globe, but regardless of where we are, we nurture a culture of inclusion and respect by hiring talented people from all walks of life who believe in the ability of technology to change the world, and are as passionate about their lives as they are about their work.
We are proud to be recipients of awards honoring us for our inclusive work environment, including the HRC Corporate Equality Index 100% Rating (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010); the United Negro College Fund: Corporation of the Year (2009, 2011); and in 2010 the International Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (IGLCC) awarded Google second place in the Top Five “Most LGBT-Friendly Corporations in the World” Business Equality Index.
Employee Networks Employee Networks like the Black Googlers Network (BGN), the Gayglers, and the Google Women’s Group are open to all Googlers to join. Members participate in activities like community outreach, mentoring, networking and professional development. Employee Networks are available everywhere we operate for Googlers across the globe. In addition to the 19 groups we currently support, members attend the Annual Employee Network Leadership Summit at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. Leadership development opportunities for our employee network members also include participation in the Management Leadership for Tomorrow Career Advancement Program (MLT CAP), Women Unlimited, and attendance at conferences like the Network and Affinity Leadership Congress (NALC) National Conference.
Recruiting for a Diverse Workforce Google partners with mission driven organizations working to change the face of both computer science and corporate America. Our support for external organizations includes annual sponsorship of national conferences (such as the National Black MBA Conference, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Ad Color Industry Coalition, and the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing), and initiatives to connect Googlers with the work of these organizations.
Building Opportunities for Leadership and Development (BOLD) is an internship program designed to provide exposure to the technology industry for groups that are historically underrepresented in the technology field, bridging the gap between academic study and a professional internship. This summer experience includes a unique glimpse into business and technical careers, professional development and leadership courses, as well as one-on-one mentorship designed to further support professional growth. Supporting University Students Google has committed to a longer-term strategy of investing in K-12 and university programs that enrich the pipeline of diverse engineering talent. Google awards scholarships to underrepresented university students around the world to support their education. This year alone, Google awarded over 790 students with academic and travel scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Since Google's inaugural Anita Borg Scholarship in 2004, we have awarded over $8.8 million dollars in academic scholarships to 2,100 students around the globe.
We also continue to invest heavily in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), both through financial support of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), campus recruiting programs, and direct financial support for partner schools like Morehouse College and Howard University. Google also hosts an annual summit for faculty members of HBCUs at our headquarters in Mountain View.
Accessibility at Google Information access is at the core ofGoogle’s mission – to make the world’s information universally accessible and useful. That’s why in addition to crawling, indexing, and ranking billions of websites, images, videos, and other content, we also work to make that content available in all languages and provide alternative access modes like keyboard shortcuts, captions, high-contrast views, and text-to-speech technology. Google’s Accessibility Group influence the design of Google products like Gmail, Google Maps, and YouTube, including the 2009 development of auto-captioned videos on YouTube. The auto-captioning tool allows users to automatically create captions in up to 50 languages. While captions help the deaf and hearing impaired, machine translation enables people around the world to access video content in 51 languages.
Forty Languages Initiative Google is a global company with international users accounting for more than half of our total user base. In order to meet the needs of our ever-growing user population, we need a broad diversity of perspectives and voices in the creation of our products. English-speaking users comprise only 30% of the total Internet population. For Google to be competitive internationally, our products need to speak all the languages our users speak. With that in mind, we started the 40 Languages Initiative in May 2007, with the aim of making Google products available in 40 languages and mapping to roughly 70 countries. This initiative will enable more than 99.3% of the Internet population to use Google's products.
The US Hispanic Team The mission of the U.S. Hispanic team is to identify and grow U.S. Hispanic advertising revenue opportunities at Google, as well as to develop U.S. Hispanic industry experts who are both internal Google resources and external representatives. This cross-functional team brings together Googlers (or Guguelitos) with a passion for Hispanic culture, spanning offices in the United States, Mexico, and Argentina. This is just one example of how Google is diversifying its business efforts and reaching out to the US Hispanic market online.
Learn more about Google’s global efforts to increase diversity in the technology industry at google.com/diversity.