The year of action
Since the early days of Uber, the simple interaction of 'tap a button and get a ride' has changed people’s lives. And now it has become something much more profound. At Uber, we work to reimagine the way the world moves for the better. We believe that everyone should be empowered to move freely and safely: physically, economically and socially. To do that, we must fight racism and be a champion for full equity, both inside our company and on our platform. We must use our global reach, our technology, our data, and importantly, our voice to help create a safer, more inclusive company and to be a strong ally to all the communities we serve.
The year 2020 was incredibly challenging, as Uber and society more broadly grappled with the health and economic impacts of a pandemic and a global reckoning on race. The devastating impacts were not felt evenly, as COVID brought into sharp realisation the inequities that have persisted in society for far too long. Through it all, Uber has worked to support our employees, our cities and the riders, drivers, delivery people, restaurants and merchants who use our platform to connect with work and commerce.
Bo Young Lee, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
'We know that progress takes time, but it’s not the lack of solutions that slows us down; companies struggle to make progress when they don’t have the courage to stay committed and stand up against racism and White supremacy behaviour. Individuals and companies lose steam when they don’t see rapid change. But gradual transformation is most sustainable. Inequality and racism didn’t emerge overnight, and they can’t be fixed with easy solutions. The work is never done. I trust that if we stay dedicated, change will happen. Uber has always had the courage to commit to sustainable action, and that for me is an initial success.
'We are living in very unique times. Let's make sure we optimise for transformation.'
Dara Khosrowshahi, Chief Executive Officer
'As a company that powers movement, it’s our goal to ensure that everyone can move freely and safely, whether physically, economically or socially. To do that, we must help fight the racism that persists across society and be a champion for equity, both inside and outside our company.
'One thing is clear to us: We can’t just hope that our products alone will improve equity and fairness. We must use our global breadth, our technology and our data to help make change — faster — so that we become a more actively anti-racist company; a safer, more inclusive company and platform; and a faithful ally to all the communities we serve.'
Leadership’s commitment to diversity
Creating greater equity is one of the 6 company-wide priorities established by our CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, for 2021. This means increasing demographic diversity at Uber and becoming a more actively anti-racist company and ally to the communities we serve. Every member of the Executive Leadership Team is doing their part to make this a reality, especially making sure their entire organisation is behind this. Increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion is at the core of the company’s strategy, and commitment to it starts at the top.
Uber’s employee resource groups provide awareness regarding identity and intersectionality, in addition to leadership development opportunities for members.