Tech firms pledge to make the C-suite more diverse

Companies promise to get 30% more women in top jobs by 2020, but there are no guarantees

Forty-five tech firms have signed a pledge to increase the number of women in boardroom positions by 2020.

Companies such as IBM, Uber and Alibaba all pledged support as part of the 'Tech for Good' summit in Paris on Wednesday, which aims to boost the number of women occupying executive roles in tech globally by 30% by next year.

French President Emmanuel Macron said that businesses that accomplish the goal should then pursue complete parity, but there was little else in the pledge that suggested any accountability if the target was not met.

Female representation in the tech board room is very low. A recent study by consulting firm McKinsey found that just 15% of tech sector management roles are occupied by women. And those that are in these top roles have tougher climbs up the corporate ladder than their male counterparts.

The debate about women in tech is ever present, mostly because it doesn't seem to be followed by enough action. The UK's own initiative, the Tech Talent Charter, was launched in November 2017 and is a similar movement of organisations working to close the growing gender gap. It is supported by the UK government but, for those that sign up, there isn't any hard line about falling short of the targets.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

Recently, Google has seen a backlash from its staff over the way it treats female tech workers. The company received criticism for the way it handled sexual harassment allegations, resulting in multiple protests. But, despite coming out in support of its workers, senior Google managers, executives, and even its HR department reportedly retaliated against female workers that reported inappropriate conduct.

A recent study from Trainline suggested that the biggest barrier to gender balance in the tech sector is male attitudes. Over a third of tech workers questioned in the train and coach app's survey said that male attitudes were a barrier, with 39% of female tech workers and 33% of their male counterparts in agreement.

Featured Resources

Digitally perfecting the supply chain

How new technologies are being leveraged to transform the manufacturing supply chain

Download now

Three keys to maximise application migration and modernisation success

Harness the benefits that modernised applications can offer

Download now

Your enterprise cloud solutions guide

Infrastructure designed to meet your company's IT needs for next-generation cloud applications

Download now

The 3 approaches of Breach and Attack Simulation technologies

A guide to the nuances of BAS, helping you stay one step ahead of cyber criminals

Download now
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/operating-systems/25802/17-windows-10-problems-and-how-to-fix-them
operating systems

17 Windows 10 problems - and how to fix them

13 Jan 2020
Visit/business-strategy/public-sector/354608/uk-gov-launches-ps300000-sen-edtech-initiative
public sector

UK gov launches £300,000 SEN EdTech initiative

22 Jan 2020
Visit/hardware/354584/windows-10-and-the-tools-for-agile-working
Sponsored

Windows 10 and the tools for agile working

20 Jan 2020
Visit/web-browser/30394/what-is-http-error-503-and-how-do-you-fix-it
web browser

What is HTTP error 503 and how do you fix it?

7 Jan 2020