Lyft is prioritizing racial equity inside of our walls and beyond
Today, we are proud to share our 2020 Lyft Inclusion, Diversity, and Racial Equity report which provides an overview of our progress and new initiatives launched within this past year.
From the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to our country’s fight for equality, this year Americans have redefined what it means to be resilient. At this time last year, we were in the process of looking at ways to increase, promote, and maintain inclusion and diversity at Lyft. And as we reflect on this difficult year, we remain proud of the progress that we have made.
This year’s report includes both our organizational and community efforts. Specifically the report includes internal efforts like our improvement in workplace inclusivity, the launch of our new supplier inclusion program, statistics on workforce representation at Lyft, and more. Lyft’s efforts to support communities of color include our COVID-19 response, voting access program, local community grants, and other racial equity initiatives.
While our goal to increase representation for Black, Latinx, and women at Lyft remains at the core of our values, our diversity hiring process was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We were still able to achieve most of our pre-pandemic aspirational goals. Additionally, we had the most diverse intern class in the history of Lyft with four out of five new hires from the intern program (or 80%+) identifying as Black, Latinx, or female.
In 2020, we also confronted systemic racism head on. Our team members have always been our most valued resource and because of this, we will continue to prioritize diversity, inclusion, and representation in the workforce. We started by initiating difficult yet necessary conversations to align and inspire our entire organization. We made sure that our leaders and managers were educated on unconscious bias and practicing empathy, while also encouraging team members to speak openly and honestly about societal inequalities.
As we know, transportation access is a powerful tool for lifting up communities that have long been left behind. That is why in this year’s report we discuss our efforts to become even more active in the communities we serve. We worked to build and strengthen meaningful partnerships with organizations like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), National Action Network, the National Urban League, League of United Latin American Citizens, OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates, and others who are advancing racial equity in communities across the country.
With communities of color being disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, we partnered with more than 675 partner organizations to provide access to thousands of rides to those in need. Additionally, with the LyftUp Access Alliance we committed to providing under resourced communities access to 1.5 million free or discounted bike, scooter, or car rides over the next five years.
Despite the unforeseen challenges we experienced, we remain committed to inclusion, diversity and racial equity as core values central to our business. As we work to build a more inclusive and representative organization that uses access to transportation to help address society’s racial inequalities, we are proud of the work we have done and will continue to challenge ourselves to make progress.
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