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Uber promises to double the number of black leaders in the company by 2025

The announcement was made by CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, in a post on the company's blog

Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in a conference in 2018
Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in a conference in 2018. Photo: Frederic Legrand - COMEO/Shutterstock
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  • In a blog post, Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi pointed out that in the last years, Uber has tied compensation for key senior executives to diversity metrics and has been actively measuring its salary data to achieve pay equity;
  • Among the measures announced is also to invest $10 million to support Black-owned businesses

With measures similar to those of Microsoft, Facebook, and Google, Uber committed to doubling the number of black leaders (those with Director titles and above) in the company by 2025. The announcement was made by CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, in a post on the company’s blog on Friday.

“You’re probably thinking that Uber is not exactly the company you’d expect to be speaking up on this front. But after a lot of reflection and change over the last few years, we continue to challenge ourselves to be a different and better company,” wrote Uber’s CEO.

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He pointed out that in the last years, Uber has tied compensation for key senior executives to diversity metrics and has been actively measuring its salary data to achieve pay equity. “Yet Black representation and opportunity at Uber are not where we want it to be, especially on our technical teams and in leadership. We have a clear-cut anti-discrimination policy and unambiguous community guidelines for everyone who uses our apps. Yet we still receive unacceptable reports of racism from both Uber riders and drivers,” pondered Khosrowshahi.

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Among the measures announced is also to invest $10 million to support Black-owned businesses. The executive said that in addition to previously committing $1 million to the Equal Justice Institute and Center for Policing Equity, Uber will commit to a $10 million investment over the next two years to advance the success of Black-owned small businesses by driving demand via promotions and other merchant support.

The executive also expressed the company’s goal of doubling the pipeline of people who want to pursue corporate or other opportunities with Uber by 2025. “We want to create pathways for drivers, delivery people, and Uber customer support staff, many of whom are people of color, to advance their careers,” wrote Uber’s CEO.