Ed. Note: This blog was co-authored by Christine Fraser, Chief Responsibility Officer, Brian Reaves, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, and Mike McLaughlin, SVP Employment Law and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer
Last year, we shared our vision to drive positive societal change as we look to 2030 — our Progress Made Real Plan.
We set 22 bold goals, including our most ambitious moonshot goals, designed to be the driving force for measurable progress. These are our commitments to each other and to our global community for the next 10 years.
Shortly after we announced our vision for 2030, COVID-19 changed nearly every aspect of life around the globe. More than 90 percent of our workforce went remote in a matter of days. We responded to the immediate health, safety and sustainability needs of our communities and frontline organizations by providing technology, expertise and charitable dollars. Our team members united to support those disproportionately affected by the virus through virtual volunteering and fundraising.
And most recently, the murder of George Floyd has spotlighted longstanding racial injustice in the U.S. and in other parts of the world. As Michael Dell shared in a recent note to our team, the fault lines in our society have been laid bare. Widespread socioeconomic disparity continues to reveal itself as one of the root causes for the most devastating impacts we see in our society.
The events of 2020 have underscored that one of the most pressing issues we face today is the growing economic and digital divide. By enabling widespread access to technology and technical skills development, we will play a role in leveling the playing field for underserved communities. And as we move forward, our commitment to addressing today’s biggest problems remains rooted in the commitments we have made for the next decade, where we will continue to:
- Hold ourselves and those with whom we do business to the highest ethical standards
- Build an empathetic and inclusive workforce that advances underrepresented minorities and enables all team members to succeed
- Prioritize environmentally sound and sustainable business practices
- Use our technology, talents and global scale for the greatest impact
Throughout our Progress Made Real report, you will see the time-bound and measurable social impact goals we’ve established for ourselves. And you will see the baseline data and methodology for each goal we’ll continue to report against each year. This is the basis of our commitment to make a lasting positive social impact — for our world today, tomorrow, over the next 10 years and beyond.
As our world changes, we will continue to strive far beyond incremental change, remain transparent and accountable, and focus on innovation at scale.