At HP we believe in a working environment of inclusiveness and respect for every individual. This involves actively engaging in difficult conversations relating to diversity, inclusion, and human rights. Through our Belong, Innovate, Grow (BIG) strategy, we foster an organizational culture that celebrates difference, and allows people to share their perspectives on the world.
We recognize that having a workforce that reflects a range of demographic differences is just the beginning. Our BIG strategy embeds diversity and inclusion across all parts of our business and functions, including talent acquisition and development, culture, mentoring, training, and events.
As part of this strategy, we have developed several recruitment and development programs, including the HP HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Business Challenge and the HP Spectrum Success Program. In addition, we continue to engage with a number of leading industry organizations that promote women, minority, veteran, and LGBTQ+ representation and causes in technology. These include AnitaB.org, blackcomputeHER, Black Girls Code, BreakLine, and the YWCA’s Curated Pathways to Innovation.
We measure the success of our strategy against metrics associated with attraction, retention, and development of top diverse talent. In 2019, 63.3% of U.S. hires were from underrepresented groups, including women, U.S. ethnicities, veterans, and persons with disabilities (compared to 57.2% in 2018), and 40.2% of global hires were women.
We also measure employee perception of diversity and inclusion at HP annually as part of our Voice Insight Action (VIA) survey. In 2019, 92% of employees felt HP values diversity, 85% of employees felt they could be themselves at work, and 82% of employees felt a sense of belonging at work (94% employee participation rate globally).
Diversity and inclusion are a key part of leadership discussions and standard items on leadership quarterly business reviews. Our executive leadership team members are evaluated on their actions to support diversity and inclusion.