Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Lyft's first diversity report shows it's mostly white and male - PHYS

by Tracey Lien 
Originally published: June 2, 2017
Publisher: Phys.org

Lyft's first diversity report, published Thursday, came with few surprises: The ride-hailing company's workforce - excluding its drivers, who are independent contractors and whose data was not tallied - is predominantly white and male. 

And like many technology companies in Silicon Valley that have released data on the gender and ethnic makeup of their employees, the San Francisco firm pledged to do more to attract and retain workers from underrepresented groups.

"We can recruit as many underrepresented identities as we want, but the point is that once we get them here, we have to build a community in which they have the ability to have a say, in which they want to stay, and they feel welcome and safe," Tariq Meyers, Lyft's head of inclusion and diversity, told the Los Angeles Times. "We don't want to just report the numbers, because reporting the numbers sees people as metrics instead of seeing people as people."