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Hispanic Caucus Demands Diversity Data From America’s Biggest Tech Companies

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) requested data on diversity from some of America’s largest tech companies to see how Hispanics are represented in their workplaces in a letter Friday.

The CHC asked for diversity metrics from 32 tech companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter, to see where Hispanics stand in the tech industry so the caucus can take action to boost Hispanic representation in the companies. Because Hispanics are the country’s largest minority population, they are best able to help the economy as it becomes more tech-based, the group argued.

“But we cannot do so if we are not given a seat at the table. The tech sector employs 7 million people in the U.S. and accounts for more than $1.3 trillion in economic activity in the nation’s economy. Unfortunately, in tech and ‘gig economy’ companies, Hispanics are routinely underrepresented and underfunded,” the group wrote in the letter.

The CHC requested that the companies answer a series of question to determine how they have been supporting the Hispanic community. The questions centered on how many Hispanic senior directors the companies have, the three most senior Hispanics, the overall number of Hispanics working at the company, and how many Hispanic organizations the companies are working with to better help the Latin community.

“How many Hispanic-owned firms do you contract with to do federal government relations, state and local government relations, public relations, communications, marketing and legal work? What percentage of your budget for each of these categories goes to Hispanic-owned firms? Among the firms you do contract with, how many Hispanic partner- and principal-level consultants are registered to work on your account? Among the firms you contract with, how many Hispanics originated your account?” one question asks.

The caucus hopes to take the information and turn it into a report that can be used to measure the companies’ progress in the are of recruiting Hispanics.

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