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Lenovo globally paving the way for accessibility and inclusivity

Bangalore,16, February 2021: Global Technology giant, Lenovo announces its third annual Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Report, highlighting its annual snapshot of workforce demographics, hiring and attrition data, and a recap of the diversity and inclusion highlights of the past year. Lenovo has always recognized the importance of diversity in competing in a diverse world. As a unique global business, diversity is one of Lenovo’s greatest strengths. Last year, over 1 million people worldwide were impacted by the Lenovo Foundation. 

The report under the theme “Smarter for all” details Lenovo’s Diversity & Inclusion journey over the last three years to further embed the diversity and inclusion practices across its global operations. 

Lenovo’s Milestone achievements: 

The third annual report celebrates Lenovo’s achievement of reaching its three-year representational goals for gender and race/ethnicity. First established in its inaugural report in 2018, Lenovo’s representational commitments featured a goal of achieving 20 percent female executive representation worldwide and 28 percent racial/ethnic minority executive representation in the U.S. Today, the company reports a representation of 21 percent and 29 percent respectively. Other highlights feature the addition of three new employee resource groups, greater support for disability inclusion, and announcing the company’s first Product Diversity Office.

Progress over the last three years 

Since Lenovo first began reporting its workforce representation three years ago, the company has experienced progress in several key areas. 

Representing Gender Equality Globally:

  • The representation of women within the overall workforce remained consistent from 2019 at 36 percent. 
  • Representation of women within executive roles worldwide grew from 18.5 percent to 21 percent. 
  • Since first announcing the company’s three-year goal of 20 percent in 2018, the representation of global female executives has grown three percent. 

“Diversity and inclusion are core values that have been the building blocks of our history. In driving forward our corporate vision of providing smarter technology for all, we have to be sure that ‘for all’ piece is coming through our actions loud and clear, and that means really investigating the ways in which a diverse set of users might experience technologies differently, and accounting for that in our designs. Our goal is simple: People should no longer have to change themselves to fit the world. Instead, the world will change to fit its people – all of its people. Technology can and should be a positive catalyst for change and evolution. Lenovo is channeling this capability to build a smarter future, where everyone thrives, together.”  – Rahul Agarwal, CEO & Managing Director, Lenovo India

Inclusive Design:
Earlier this year, Lenovo began developing its Product Diversity Office (PDO) as the authority on embedding D&I into their product design and development process. The PDO consults with a broad range of diverse users to validate designs and provide feedback. This led to the designers digging deeper into elements of race, gender, and ability and how diversity shapes the user experience. The PDO’s “Diversity by Design” process ensures diverse teams are represented in both the product planning and execution phases. Additionally, the PDO consultants have a broad range of diverse users to validate designs and provide feedback from engaging employees through partnerships with employee resource groups and diversity partners like Lenovo’s accessibility and inclusion advisor, Haben Girma. Currently, in its incubation stage, the PDO is exploring concepts of design review, audit, incident management, and innovation programs through 2021. Lenovo Voice is one of the first products to complete the PDO process and recently entered the market as a “diversity approved” solution this year. It offers real-time translation assistance, subtitle assistance, voice input, and voice assistant capabilities, making the PC more intelligent, convenient, and efficient.

“As a project leader within Lenovo’s PDO development committee and a senior development manager within our software division, I was excited to begin the pilot phases with my team. The PDO is a genuine reflection of “Smarter Technology for All” and how we utilize our talent and insights to bring about the intelligent transformation of technologies.” — Bridgett Rogers, Senior Development Manager, PDO Taskforce, Lenovo

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