I am sure you saw articles in the press recently about a Google employees memo, which laid out his personal beliefs about diversity within Google and the technology industry in general. The memo eventually went public, was widely critiqued and debated, and the employee was fired, which in itself provoked further controversy. This incident is instructive, in part because the petroleum and chemicals industries in which we operate suffer from similar shortfalls in the participation of women and minorities.
Google posts on its corporate website that of its tech employees, 20 percent are women and 1 percent are black, and within its leadership, 25 percent are women and 2 percent are black. As a consumer of Google products, and considering its long-term importance in the world as a leader in search engine technology and numerous other ventures, such as self-driving car technology, I believe that increasing diversity would serve them well.