Intel Diversity Report Shows Increase in Native and Female Workforce Representation

2017 Diversity & Inclusion Annual Report: Approaching the First Leg in Intel’s Journey

Intel Corporation recently reported its female representation stands at 26.5 percent. Native Americans remain underrepresented, accounting for 0.7 percent of the total Intel workforce. Still, that’s an increase over 0.6 percent Native representation in 2016 and 0.5 percent in 2015, according to the computer-chip maker’s recently released 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Annual Report: Approaching the First Leg in Intel’s Journey.

“For women, Hispanic and Native American populations, the growth in our leadership positions exceeded the overall population growth of these groups at Intel. These are promising signs for our progression goals,” said Barbara Whye, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer & VP, Human Resources for Intel Corp.

Whye is leading Intel’s “Diversity in Technology: initiative,” a $300 million investment by the tech company to achieve full representation of underrepresented minorities and women in our U.S. workforce. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced the five-year initiative in 2015 at the CES computer trade show in Las Vegas.

The tech company aims to close that gap two years ahead of schedule—by the end of 2018. Since its baseline in 2014, Intel’s full minority and female representation reflects an 84% improvement.

“Technology companies have talked about diversity for years, but the data show that progress has been slow. In 2015, I challenged our company to step up and do more. It is not enough to say that we value diversity; we must make actual, real progress,” Krzanich said.

Part of the Diversity in Technology initiative involves analyzing salaries to achieve pay equity. Whye also underscored that Intel’s work doesn’t end with driving diversity. “Ensuring we have an inclusive workforce is the key to lasting impact,” she said.

Intel is also committed to supplier diversity spending, making progress toward a more diverse and inclusive supply chain.

Intel is additionally committed to encouraging STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in Native communities. In fall 2016, the tech industry, government and academia representatives convened to identify gaps in technology in Indian country and determine actionable steps for increasing Native American student participation and retention in STEM education. Intel’s white paper provides a closer look at those recommendations.