Gender inclusion across AI at Lenovo
Lenovo has reinforced its commitment to gender equality in artificial intelligence (AI) practices, through joining the ‘Women and AI’ Charter from Cercle InterElles, a French-based meta-network of 16 companies across scientific and technological industries.
After identifying the potential risk of gender bias which exists within machine learning, the pact aims to establish a set of principles to promote inclusion across AI development, within the teams who create it.
A commitment to accountability and gender equality
Lenovo is headquartered in Hong Kong and has a revenue of $50b.
“We know that businesses thrive when there's equality among gender - at all levels of an organisation”, said a Lenovo representative. “The average percentage of women working in the tech industry ranges from 20% to 30%, and few of them are in positions to actually influence their companies’ product development or strategic decisions. Attracting women remains a real challenge for the whole industry. Whilst Lenovo employs more than 36% women globally, there is still room to rebalance this to nearer 50/50 to reflect not only society but also the marketplace, in order to better adapt our products and solutions to our customers’ needs.”
The commitment obliges organisations to evaluate, identify, and implement best practices and standards regarding AI governance, design compliance, data gathering, algorithm ethics, diversity of teams, and other awareness and accountability measures.
The agreement was co-signed by:
- Representatives from Lenovo France
- Global leaders across AI, Diversity and Inclusion, and Cloud and Software teams
Lenovo’s commitment to diversity and inclusion
Lenovo’s participation, driven by Cercle InterElles members Marine Rabeyrin, Business Development Manager for Key Accounts, Lenovo EMEA, and Christine Dehnel, Business Team Transformation Manager, Lenovo Global, will center on defining governance for gender equity in its AI practices, connecting stakeholders, and aligning across the global community.
“The signature of this Charter by Lenovo is a strong illustration of our long-standing global commitment to diversity and inclusion”, said Eric Lallier, CEO of Lenovo France. “This demonstrates how a locally-based initiative can become a global commitment, to be fully integrated into our policies and the very heart of our company. The development of a gender-neutral and inclusive AI, more generally, is a crucial issue for the future. Businesses have great responsibilities in this area and therefore have a major role to play.”
Experian’s 2021 Disability Equality Index top score
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability has awarded Experian North America the title “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” of 2021.
The association is the nation’s largest disability rights organisation, which works to advance the inclusion of people with disabilities.
Experian is a global information services company, which assists customers in their data management. With 17,800 employees operating across 44 countries, Experian is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. Headquartered in California, USA, the company has a revenue of $5b.
Experian’s ongoing commitment to disability inclusion
People with disabilities represent over one billion people across the world, crossing the lines of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and religion.
Experian North America earned a score of 90 out of 100 on the Disability Equality Index® (DEI), which is considered the world’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool to measure disability workplace inclusion.
The company has been applauded previously for its attitude to diversity and inclusion:
- For the third year in a row, Experian earned its recertification as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For
- Experian is among the top of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance
- The Human Rights Campaign Foundation gave Experian North America a perfect score in its Corporate Equality Index, also for the third year in a row
- Experian was also honored as a Comparably Top 50 company for Best Outlook 2021.
More inclusion to be done for those with disabilities in the world, says Experian
Staff at Experian are thrilled with the result, but understand that their inclusion journey is not over.
“I am thrilled Experian is being recognised for our ongoing efforts to improve disability inclusion for employees, in our technology and how we support our clients”, said Wil Lewis, Experian North America’s chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. “We realise there is much more work for us to do, and to be done in the world, and we’re committed to continuing our focus on inclusion and belonging for all,”
"We are so pleased to partner with 319 companies this year on the Disability Equality Index”, said Jill Houghton, Disability:IN’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Part of corporate commitment to disability inclusion is recognising your stance and using it as an 'aha moment' to drive the business investments needed to scale change. Inclusion and accessibility cuts across the enterprise, from cultural representation in the workforce, to technology acceleration, to incorporating supply chain diversity. These are tangible opportunities that leading companies can leverage to create sustainable impact for their business and brand."