The CEO Satya Nadella of Microsoft pledged to beat racism in the company and personally. They aim to improve the work of African Americans by pushing for a better justice system, focusing on its hiring, donating funds to groups tackling racial inequality and buying from more-diverse suppliers. Nadella disseminated this mission within the organization last Friday.
He then concluded that he must also work on himself though minding his attitude and behavior.
Nadella then added, “I must continue my journey of understanding and empathy and examine actions I take or don’t take every day. Listening and learning from my Black and African American colleagues is helping me develop a better understanding of their experience. And I take accountability for my own continued learning on the realities of privilege, inequity and race and modelling the behavior I want to see in the world,”
Several giant tech companies are trying to take a stand against racism after the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black Minnesota man who died last month after a white police officer pinned him to the ground with a knee to the neck. A viral video of Floyd’s final moments that surprised millions of people worldwide and sparked protests across the United States.
The next following email, Nadella pointed out the new changes in Microsoft such as
- Deepening ties with historically black colleges and universities by improving the hiring process.
- Donating $250,000 each to those and related organizations pushing for racial equality.
- Asking Microsoft employees to participate in the company’s diversity and inclusion program.
- Expanding its supplier diversity program, that accounts for 10% of Microsoft’s spending on goods and services.
Nadella concluded his stand through a tweet saying, “For us to have the permission to ask the world to change, we must change first,”