Data is not just a word at ezCater, it’s our way of life. When we have a question or need to make a decision or choose a next step, we look to the data. Earlier this year we signed the White House’s Tech Inclusion Pledge to take 3 concrete – and data-driven – steps to increase diversity in our workforce. The Pledge calls for a company:
- To implement and publish company-specific goals to recruit, retain, and advance diverse technology talent, and operationalize concrete measures to create and sustain an inclusive culture;
- To annually publish data and progress metrics on the diversity of our technology workforce across functional areas and seniority levels; and
- To invest in partnerships to build a diverse pipeline of technology talent to increase our ability to recognize, develop, and support talent from all backgrounds.
So where did we start? We collected the data. Here’s what it showed:
This first assessment is our starting point. Now we work on moving the needle. Today, our Director of Recruiting Operations, Kristen Chapin, is in San Francisco for a tech inclusion workshop organized by Code2040 and the National Center for Women & Information Technology. She is meeting other companies who took the pledge, and they are trading strategies to expand the diversity of our funnel of applicants.
At ezCater we reject all forms of discrimination, and embrace all forms of diversity. We now know our starting point, and will improve from there. We’ll continue to publish information on what we learn, the steps we’re taking, the partnerships we’re developing – and, most importantly, our results.
As our CEO said when we announced our pledge, not only is this good for ezCater, it’s the right thing to do.