At SurveyMonkey, we are committed to creating an environment where everyone, no matter their background, can succeed. That’s why we created a Diversity and Inclusion program that integrates into all parts of our business. In late 2016, when we began laying the foundation for our program, we had no idea the social and political climate that was to follow. Now more than ever our efforts around diversity and inclusion are critical, and we know that being transparent is an essential step to holding ourselves accountable.
As our CEO Zander Lurie says in his blog post, “We measure our demographics to understand where we have gaps and study our inclusion practices to further tear down barriers for our employees and the industry. By creating an environment that strives to eliminate bias, we can unlock the true potential of all groups to thrive.”
Below you’ll find our first ever Diversity Report, which includes our aspirations, goals, and progress. We hope our insights help to further the conversation and we encourage others to join this growing movement.
Our program has three main aspirations:
In the last year, we’ve made great progress in our efforts to close the gender gap. Today, 45% of our overall global workforce is female, and in the last year, female representation in technical roles at SurveyMonkey grew by six percentage points to 30%. Similarly, the number of females in leadership roles grew by four percentage points to 32%.
We definitely have more work to do on the ethnic and racial diversity front. Currently, we are creating programs to help grow our numbers, which we explore below.
While we know there is room for improvement, we are proud to be moving in the right direction.
Note: As an example, a two “percentage point” increase in women overall represents a change from approximately 43% to 45%.
As leader of our Diversity and Inclusion program, I’ve been reflecting on our progress and contemplating our road ahead. We’re working on projects, policies, and partnerships that focus on building a diverse troop and an inclusive environment.