Tech companies that build diverse and inclusive workforces are more successful and companies which aren’t diverse and inclusive are at risk of perpetuating biases and power imbalances. These are the main findings of a report released today by the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL) in Finland.
The report, called “Inclusion and Diversity: Tech It or Leave IT” is the first report produced by the UNTIL Lab in Finland. Its main findings are that employment in the tech industry worldwide remains dominated by males but companies which invest and recruit women and minority staff at every level of their company function better, produce products that are appealing to more people and earn higher revenues.
“Technology is vital for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals but innovations that rely on the inputs of narrow groups of people are missing a huge opportunity to move the world ahead faster,” said Razi Latif, Lab Manager for UNTIL Finland.
The report, whose launch is timed to coincide with SLUSH19, aims to spur discussion during the annual giant technology innovation conference about the merits and importance of diversity and inclusion. The report will be officially launched at an event tonight from 17:00 to 19:00 hosted by Miltton, the branding and marketing agency. Among the speakers will be the Mayor of Helsinki, Mr. Jan Vapaavuori.
"The advances of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including those brought on by a combination of computing power, robotics, big data and artificial intelligence, are generating revolutions in health care, transport and manufacturing.
I am convinced that these new capacities can help us to lift millions of people out of poverty, achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and enable developing countries to leap‑frog into a better future."
23 March 2018, New York