It’s difficult to believe that LiveRamp’s diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DIB) program is less than one year old. I smile every time I hear someone say they feel empowered and supported when sharing their perspectives at work for the first time, or see people engage in the amazing programs our employee resource groups (ERGs) plan. This is the beginning of a long journey, and we are definitely on our way.
With the fundamentals of DIB in place, we created our first annual report to create greater accountability, not just with our employees but also with our customers and partners. I’m proud to share the results show where we ended in our last fiscal year (ending on March 31, 2021) on global workforce sex and ethnicity statistics across our U.S. offices. You can access the report here.
One of the key indicators for any progress is seeing if underrepresented groups are joining the company at a higher rate. A lot of people say they can’t find individuals to hire from most underrepresented groups, that there’s a “pipeline problem.” A statistic that really stands out to me from our report is the 1.5% increase in Black and LatinX employees at LiveRamp. While 1.5% may not seem like a lot, it shows that we’re making progress in some of the areas that may seem, across the industry, to be tougher to make progress on.
At LiveRamp, we’re finding the best and brightest talent that also happen to self-identify as diverse individuals. As part of our LiveRamp values, we will continue to empower them—and all LiveRampers—to be their best selves. We’re hoping that they succeed here and continue to work toward making LiveRamp a place where all can thrive.
Moving forward, our area of opportunity at LiveRamp is to define diversity, inclusion, and belonging, and what that means for each of us individually. That’s not going to happen overnight, but once we start to speak the same language and understand what DIB means for us every day, instead of just focusing on just getting the job done and achieving our quarterly goals, we’ll be in a better place to position ourselves as a space of belonging for all.
Over the next 18 months, our goal is to educate all LiveRampers about DIB and also make sure individuals understand their “why” for DIB. Understanding what makes DIB important gives people a better understanding of their purpose—across teams, within the company, and in life.
Check out our first DIB report to see how we’re tracking across a number of metrics, from FY21 (April 2020-March 2021) to FY20 (April 2019-March 2020). If you are interested in starting or furthering your career at LiveRamp and contributing to the communities we’re building across the world, visit our careers page.