Uber at EWiT: “DEI is more than just words on a page”

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Uber has taken part in the European Women in Technology for several years now – using the event to advance diversity, equity and inclusion both in the company and across the world. We asked some questions about Uber’s DEI work and how coming to the event helps achieve this.

Uber at EWIT

Why does Uber take part in EWiT? How long have you taken part in it?

Uber has partnered with EWiT for several years before and every year since the end of the COVID pandemic. Uber takes part because it brings together the tech industry at one of the largest hubs in Europe for tech. It helps Uber to contribute to the growing community of companies that centre inclusion in the tech sector.

How is Uber advancing DEI both within your company and within your sector?

Uber advances DEI in many ways. Within Uber, leadership is held to account for improving female representation at all levels in the organisation. In addition, Uber’s Employee Resource Groups are funded and supported by the People team to ensure that a sense of community can be created for all people. Within the tech sector, Uber takes a leadership role on sharing best practices. In Uber’s annual People and Culture report, Uber spotlights specific initiatives both internally and externally to showcase how Uber prioritizes equity across the world and across demographics.

How would you summarise the benefits of your EWiT participation?

The benefits of attending EWiT are three-fold. First, it brings visibility to Uber where, in the past, people have not known Uber plays (many people have been shocked that Uber’s EMEA HQ is in Amsterdam!). Secondly, it helps Uber to connect with and build relationships with prospective talent and other businesses that seek to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. Thirdly, and most critically, it further reinforces to the broader tech industry (and beyond) that DEI are not just words on a page. The experience of staff matters and all businesses should care about and deliver on the promise of an inclusive workplace.

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What advice would you give a company new to the event?

Get stuck in but don’t just be stuck in your booth. Go and talk to others who have been doing it longer to get hints and tips, attend talks, use it as a way to bring your own talent to represent the business and have fun! Set-up and logistics can be stressful, but it’s also a great experience in its own right.

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