San Francisco: Amid reports that Google has reduced diversity and inclusion training programmes fearing conservative backlash, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Sundar Pichai, has denied any digression from the company’s commitment to promoting diversity within the organisation. In an interview to The Verge, Pichai said the company probably has more resources invested in diversity now than ever. “Diversity is a foundational value for us. Given the scale at which we build products and the fact we do it locally for our users, we are deeply committed to having that representation in our workforce,” Pichai was quoted as saying. Pichai’s response came after NBC News, citing former and current Google employees, last week reported that one well-liked diversity training programme at the company, called Sojourn, was cut entirely. The report also said that Google has reduced internal diversity and inclusion training programmes since 2018. Google denied the allegation that it has scaled back inclusion and diversity efforts. But the report led 10 US lawmakers to send a letter to Pichai this week demanding answers to several questions, including why previous diversity programmes were scaled back or cut entirely, what type of diversity initiative is offered to new hires, how Google plans… Read full this story
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