Forbes.com GE Corp is seeking women for STEM careers. GE announced they were targeting a specific diversity group namely seeking women for STEM careers. Imagine that! GE announced their goal to hire 20,000 women for Stem, Technology, Engineering and Math roles by the year 2020. The goals also include a 50:50 female/male representation in each of its technical entry-level programs.
Seeking women for STEM careers is trending. Its estimated 140 companies have stated they have ( or will ) publish targets for the number of women they hire. Many of these companies are in the technology industry. Last year, 30 technology companies took a diversity and inclusion pledge. The pledge, organized by the Obama White House, committed to recruit, retain, and advance diverse technology talent.
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Other employers have specifically focused on areas beyond technical talent. For example, some have set goals where gender diversity within their ranks is weak: typically among their management teams or in terms of their overall number of female employees.
- Accenture has pledged to gender goals in their hiring, with the company saying that it will “grow the percentage of women we hire to at least 40 percent worldwide by 2017”
- Since 2015, Johnson & Johnson’s top managers have a portion of their bonuses tied to meeting certain diversity metrics, including how many women they hired in the previous year.
- In 2015, Intel made a very large diversity announcement about setting a goal to get to a workforce that reflected “full representation” of women and ethnic minorities by 2020.
- BASF set a gender diversity goal by 2021 to “raise the overall proportion of women in positions with disciplinary leadership responsibilities from today’s 19% to 22%–24% globally.”
- Pinterest has set a 30% goal for women in engineering roles, and recently Twitter set it’s 2017 gender diversity goals to include the fact that women would comprise 38% of employees overall, 31% of management and 17% of those holding technical roles.
BHP Billiton, Ltd mining company has set an ambitious gender diversity goal that at least 50% of it’s workforce will be female by 2025. General Mills and Unilever have previously set gender balance goals for their management teams, respectively. The pharmaceutical company, Roche, has set a 30% target for women in key leadership roles by 2019.
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