Historically, the tech industry’s approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) has been dispersed, individual, and short-term. The Action to Catalyze Tech Report (ACT Report) is calling for a new DEI paradigm, one that is holistic, collective, and sustainable. Making the industry more inclusive requires a systemic response to a systemic problem, where companies bring a business approach to inclusion, and an inclusive approach to business. In other words, DEI and business strategies can no longer be separate.
ACT provides CEOs and tech companies (indeed all companies) with a rigorous framework of action, setting out four recommendations, supported by 10 actions, that stakeholders can take. This work was developed over the course of a year by a cross-industry coalition of academics, DEI experts, think tanks, and tech companies, convened by the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Digital program, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), PwC, and Snap Inc.