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SAP and IBM redraw diversity policies

April Joyner (CRN)

Tech firms SAP and IBM said on Thursday they had redrawn their human resources policies after last year's Black Lives Matter protests, improving recruitment and acting to address issues of race more openly in the workplace.

Workplace Discrimination
Workplace Discrimination

Executives from the two companies told the Reuters Next conference the social upheaval sparked by the killing of George Floyd by a U.S. policeman had spilled into the workplace, challenging prevailing ideas about workplace discrimination.

"We learned that we talked about diversity and inclusion in a broad sense, but we didn't really talk enough and directly about race," said Obed Louissaint, senior vice president, transformation and culture, at IBM.

"It moved us from a thought process of unconscious bias to a conscious appreciation of race."


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