Celebrating a culture of diversity
Diversity is an essential component of the culture at Google. Among the many celebrations like Black History Month, LGBT Pride, Hispanic Heritage Month, and Veteran’s Day, we've also developed some celebrations and traditions for Googlers and those who are part of our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).
Sum of Google
In 2009, a group of Googlers organized an event at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA, designed to celebrate our culture of diversity with food, music, dance performances, and executive speakers. This group of passionate Googlers launched the first event in a series of Sum of Google Celebrations with over 1,000 Googlers attending. The Sum of Google has since grown - for the entire month of July in 2012, over 5,000 Googlers in 70 offices across Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America engaged in global Diversity & Inclusion conversations through panel discussions and speakers. We also celebrated Diversity & Inclusion in local offices with good food and cultural dance performances.
Global ERG Leadership Awards
We annually recognize Googlers for their accomplishments and contributions to diversity and inclusion at Google. This past year we had 23 winners and 14 honorable mentions - all of whom have shown tremendous leadership, passion, and commitment to diversity at Google, and have demonstrated deep impact in the world around them.
Global ERG Leadership Summit
The annual Global ERG Leadership Summit brings together 100+ leaders and members of Google’s 18 ERGs for 2 days dedicated to sharing, collaborating, strategy planning, and connecting with the larger diversity community. Attendees at the 2011 summit selected custom content in one of three areas: career development, business diversity, and ERG strategy planning.
Diversity & Inclusion in our benefits
Our global benefits teams regularly partners with employees to identify new areas of growth and opportunities that can serve the unique needs of all Googlers. From Prayer Rooms to Mothers Rooms and more, we strive to provide Googlers with the benefits they need to be successful at Google and at home.
Below are some of our programs and benefits that are specifically focused on creating an inclusive environment for all of our Googlers.
- Adoption Assistance
- Day Care
- Mother's Rooms
- Maternity/Paternity Leave Programs
- Baby-bonding bucks
- New parents support group
- Children centers in Mountain View
- Domestic Partnership Programs
- Accommodation Policies (including those for visually, mobility and hearing impaired Googlers)
- Transgender and Transitioning Workplace Support
Support for new parents
For new parents, Google provides time off to bond with their new Googlet, plus tools and resources to help the transition back to work following maternity and paternity leaves. Google also partners with Care.com to provide US Googlers acccess to annual premium memberships. Care.com offers families a trusted place to easily connect to babysitters, nannies, special needs care, senior care givers, pet sitters, dog walkers, housekeepers, and more.
We offer unique benefits for LGBT Googlers in the U.S.: grossing up health benefits coverage for same-sex domestic partners, offering an equivalent to the Family Medical Leave Act for same-sex domestic partners, and changing our definition of infertility to expand fertility assistance to LGBT Googlers. We also enhanced our transgender-inclusive benefits to cover transitioning procedures and treatment in accordance with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s (WPATH) Standards of Care, which includes coverage for procedures like facial feminization for transgender women and pectoral implants for transgender men. We also increased our lifetime maximum coverage for these benefits to $75K—more than double what it was previously. The decision to implement these benefit enhancements was ultimately a matter of “doing the right thing” and achieving parity for our employees, regardless of their sexual orientation.
At Google, we are committed to a supportive work environment, where employees have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. Each Googler is expected to do his or her utmost to create a respectful workplace culture that is free of harassment, intimidation, bias and unlawful discrimination of any kind.
Equal Opportunity Employment statement
Employment here is based solely upon individual merit and qualifications directly related to professional competence. We strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination or harassment of any kind, including discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, veteran status, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, medical condition, sexual orientation or any other characteristics protected by law. We also make all reasonable accommodations to meet our obligations under laws protecting the rights of the disabled.
Diversity & Inclusion Awards
We are thrilled to be recipients of awards honoring us for our inclusive work environment:
- Boston Pride - 1st Annual Pink Trumpet Award (2011)
- Deutscher Diversity Preis - Best Diversity Employer Brand, Germany (2011)
- Equality Foundation - Hyacinth Tolerance Award (2010)
- Fortune Magazine's #1 on 100 Best Companies To Work For (2007, 2008, 2011, 2012) (#4 in 2009, 2010)
- Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) - Media Award
- Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County - Corporate Citizen Award (2010)
- Horizons Foundation Cornerstone Award - Corporate Citizen of the Year Award (2011)
- Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index Rating (received 100% rating for 6 consecutive years from 2007-2012)
- Human Rights Campaign (HRC) San Francisco Board - Corporate Equality Award (2011)
- International Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Award (IGLCC): 2nd place 2010
- Louisiana Minority Supplier Diversity Council - Chairman’s Award for Corporate Sponsor of the Year (2011)
- Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council - Presidents Award (2011)
- Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) - Employer Choice (2009)
- National Association of the Deaf (NAD) - Accessibility Award (2010)
- Out & Equal - Significant Achievement in Workplace Equality Award
- Out & Equal - Workplace Excellence Award winner (2012)
- Race for Opportunity - Mentoring Award for the Top Black Talent UK Program (2011)
- Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - TDI Award (2011)
- The Times UK: Top 50 Places Women Want to Work (2007, 2008, 2011)
- The Trevor Project - Trevor 2020 Award (2011)
- Transgender Law Center - Ally Award (2012)
- United Negro College Fund: Corporation of the Year (2009, 2011)
- UK IT Industry Awards - Organizational Excellence, Diversity in IT Award (2009)