Editor's note: Snap CEO, Evan Spiegel and VP, Diversity and Inclusion, Oona King sent the following memo to all Snap team members on May 18.
Over the past two years, we’ve worked to implement a long-term Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategy (DEI) to inspire empathy, redesign systems, and drive accountability through our people, products, partners, and the wider tech ecosystem we are a part of. Today, we’re releasing our 2022 Diversity Annual Report, which shares our 2021 workforce data, important learnings about this work as well as the progress we’re making towards our representation goals. You can read the report and watch our videos here.
Last year after the emotional outpouring following George Floyd’s murder, we shared our ambition to change hearts and minds. Now, we’re working towards fully operationalizing our efforts and making progress towards our critical representation goals. In this important work, we know that it’s easy to dream big, but that it's much harder to bring big dreams to life.
So how are we doing? When it comes to our workforce representation, we’re still falling short of our goals. We hope this report is an honest acknowledgement of where we are, where we’re trying to go, and how we plan to get there.
We also understand that these shortcomings are a broader reflection of many issues facing the tech industry. That’s why in 2020 we brought together a coalition of leading DEI experts across academia and business to create a new blueprint for tech companies to take bold, collective action. Together we released the Action to Catalyze Tech (ACT) Report in October 2021, which was backed by more than 30 leading tech companies as signatories.
Part of our ongoing opportunity is how we continue to inspire teams to tackle these hurdles over the long haul even when the work does not bring immediate results. We believe the solution will be achieved in part through culture, accountability, and sparking intrinsic motivation. We also understand that DEI is a marathon without a finish line and to drive systemic change we all need tools, inspiration, expertise, and incentives to stay in the race.
We know that it's likely to get harder before it gets easier. Although our results don't always reflect our enormous efforts, we’re not giving up – instead, we’re doubling down to make Snap more inclusive and accountable and continuing to positively contribute to the technology industry as a whole.
Evan & Oona
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