Lyft has produced its first-everÂ diversity report, months after its chief competitor Uber released its own data about the make-up of its staff.
While its numbers ring similar to other tech companiesâ€”which are predominantly white and male?â€”?Lyft does have more female employees than Uber. Overall, 42 percent of Lyftâ€™s employees identify as women, compared to Uberâ€™s 36 percent.
Lyft, however, is more white than Uber with 63 percent white employees opposed to Uberâ€™s 49 percent. UberÂ bestedÂ Lyft by having a better representation of Asian, black, and Latinx employees overall, with 30 percent, 8 percent, and 5 percent respectively?â€”?compared to 19 percent, 6 percent, and 7 percent for Lyft.
All of those numbers shrink considerably for tech and leadership roles. At Lyft, only 18 percent and 13 percent of its tech staff and leadership respectively are women. There are no black people in tech leadership roles while Latinx leaders make up just 4 percent. Thirty-four percent of tech leaders at Lyft are Asian while the remainder, 59 percent, are white.
In aÂ blog postÂ releasing the inaugural report, Lyft said releasing diversity data will help keep the company accountable.
[W]e have a lot of work to do. Releasing our data will hold us accountable, but itâ€™s the actions we take that will make a difference to the people who come to work every day at Lyft. Our diversity data exposes gaps in important areas. So weâ€™re doing something about it.
The diversity report comes on the heels of Uberâ€™s, which released its numbers following a massive sexual harassment scandal earlier this year. Lyft hasnâ€™t had such a scandal but its numbers, which can be improved all around, suggest that itâ€™s doing much better on gender representation than race and ethnicity.
Tech companies in general, however, have struggled to improve their diversity numbers in spite of releasing transparency reports. For example, Apple has previouslyÂ calledÂ improving diversity â€śunduly burdensomeâ€ť andÂ recently shot down a proposalÂ to diversify its all-white board led by CEO Tim Cook. Even Google, whichÂ started the diversity report trendÂ in 2014,Â hasnâ€™t been able to solveÂ its race and gender diversity?â€”?and retention?â€”?problems.
Along with the its diversity report, Lyft mentioned its hiring of Tariq Meyers, formerly the companyâ€™s community organizer, in 2016 to lead its diversity and inclusion efforts as well as its partnership with the diversity strategy firm Paradigm.
â€śWeâ€™re investing in more programs and taking stronger actions,â€ť the company wrote. â€śBeing a culture of inclusion requires continuous, purposeful work. And itâ€™s work that we must do. Because Lyft is for everyone: no matter who are you, where you come from, or which seat youâ€™re sitting in.â€ť
This article was originally published at ThinkProgress on June 1, 2017. Reprinted with permission.
About the Author: Lauren Williams is a tech reporter at ThinkProgress.