Microsoft Corp set a five-year diversity target at its offices on Tuesday to tackle racial discrimination amid demonstrations over police violence against African Americans in the United States.
The company said it will add another $150 million in investment in diversity and inclusion to double by 2025 the number of managers of Black and African-American people, senior individual contributors, and senior leaders in the United States.
George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police has sparked U.S. demonstrations against racial injustice, while also pushing companies to confront the prejudice that remains entrenched in Corporate America.
Earlier in the month, Google’s Alphabet Inc also confirmed the organization is striving to get 30 percent more of its members from underrepresented communities by 2025.
Microsoft will take steps across the company in the next five years to address the needs of other underrepresented communities including the Hispanic and Latinx community, it said in a blog post here.
The company has said it would increase the number of licensed suppliers owned by Black and African Americans over the next three years and spend an additional $500 million with current and new suppliers.
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