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 work toward that goal, last year we committed to being an anti-racist company, and we continue to work and show progress to help create a more inclusive company and to be a strong ally to all the communities we serve.
The year 2020 was incredibly challenging, as society grappled with the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial and health disparities exacerbated by the health crisis. The devastating impacts were not felt evenly, as COVID brought into sharp realization the inequities that have persisted in society for far too long. Through it all, Uber has worked to support our employees, our cities, riders, drivers, delivery people, restaurants, and merchants who use our platform to connect with work and commerce.
Over the past 7 months, we made meaningful progress in increasing the diversity of our employee population due to our focus on developing and promoting our existing talent, hiring, and targeted sponsorship programs for women and underrepresented groups. Here are a few noteworthy changes over this period (August 2020 to March 2021):
- The global population of women grew almost 2 percentage points, and women in leadership grew 1.2 percentage points. We saw a 2.7-percentage-point increase of women in tech leadership in the past 8 months.
- In the US, the overall representation of racially underrepresented groups increased by 5 percentage points and in leadership positions by nearly 3 percentage points.
- We saw a 2.8-percentage-point overall increase of Black and African American individuals in the US, making up for last year’s decline in Black representation (-1.8 percentage points) due to the 2020 job losses on our Community Operations teams.
Since the publication of our first Diversity Report 5 years ago:
- Women in leadership positions have grown by 11.6 percentage points (22% in 2017 versus 33.6% in 2021) and at Uber globally by 6.1 percentage points.
- Representation of racially underrepresented groups in the US has increased by nearly 4 percentage points and in leadership positions by more than 8 percentage points (3.1% in 2017 versus 11.4% in 2021).
- Representation of racially underrepresented groups in tech increased by 7.2 percentage points.
To see all of the data for yourself, and learn more about Uber’s approach to diversity, equity and inclusion, please check out our full 2021 People and Culture Report.