Intel says more women, African Americans in the workforce are pushing for diversity

FILE PHOTO: The Intel logo will be showcased at E3, the world's largest video game convention, in Los Angeles, California, USA on June 12, 2018. REUTERS / Mike Blake / File Photo

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Intel Corp. has increased the proportion of women and African Americans in its workforce after three years of a high-profile effort to improve diversity, said the US microchip manufacturer in a report released Monday.

Intel is still behind several major US technology companies in terms of women and many before for African Americans and Hispanics, the report showed. The chronic underrepresentation of minorities has been a concern for technology companies for years.

In total, women accounted for 26.8 percent of Intel's workforce in the US in 2018, compared with 24.7 percent in 2015. Women in executive positions grew from 17.7 percent to 20.7 percent.

The proportion of African Americans to Intel has risen from 3.5 percent in 2015 to almost 5 percent and Hispanics rose from 8.3 percent to 9.2 percent.

"Although we are one of the leading representatives of the African American representation in the tech industry, we are still not satisfied," said Barbara Whye, Intel's chief diversity and inclusion officer by email. The company will continue to work with historically black colleges and the Oakland Unified School District in California, she added.

Without giving any indication, Intel said it had achieved "full representation" two years before its goal, based on qualified minorities in the available workforce.

In 2015, Intel set up a $ 300 million fund to be used by 2020 to enhance diversity. Whites account for 46.2 percent of the company's workforce, and Asians make up 38.9 percent, Intel said.

Intel's African American 2018 presentation was better than Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc and Microsoft Corp., according to the company's latest data.

But his female portrayal was behind Facebook, Alphabet, Inc., Apple Inc. and just ahead of Microsoft.

Reporting by Jane Lanhee Lee; Editing by Richard Chang

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