Dell Technologies announced a goal to make half of its global workforce female by 2030, one of a raft of pledges meant to foster greater diversity and sustainability at the personal computer maker.
The company also set a 2030 target for women to make up 40 percent of the employees worldwide who manage people. Women comprised 30.4 percent of Dell’s workforce as of February. And the company said it wants 25 percent of Dell’s US workers to be African-American or Hispanic by 2030, an increase from almost 13 percent this year.
Dell is among a number of technology companies that have mapped out grand pledges for a more diverse workforce. Facebook said in July that it wanted to double the number of women, black and Hispanic employees in the US in the next five years — so half of its US workforce would be from underrepresented groups by 2024. Like several of its peers, including Oracle and Intel, Dell has been accused by the US Labor Department of paying women and ethnic minorities less than other employees in the same roles. Dell paid $7 million (roughly Rs. 50 crores) to settle such allegations in September.
“We think there is a lot that is challenging the world right now and we are committed to being a significant contributor to solving these problems,” Christine Fraser, Dell’s chief responsibility officer, said in an interview. “We don’t think of it as something that’s nice to do. We think of it as a business imperative.”