Boeing fired 65 employees and punished 53 for racist and hateful behavior after CEO implemented zero tolerance policy in the wake of George Floyd’s death
- Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun implemented a zero-tolerance policy in June 2020 in the wake of George Floyd’s murder last summer
- “There is no room for hatred within our company, and we will continue to expect the best from everyone in their interactions with each other,” Calhoun said.
- 66.8% of Boeing’s current employees are white, while 6.4% are black, 14.2% of Asian descent, 7% of Hispanic descent, and 3.6% listed as ‘more’
- Calhoun says company aims to increase black workforce representation in the U.S. by 20% by 2025
In the past year alone, airline company Boeing has laid off 65 employees and disciplined 53 others for racist, discriminatory and hateful behavior, the company reported Friday.
The disciplinary action came as a result Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy implemented in June 2020 in the wake of George Floyd’s assassination.
“ As we’ve seen horrific images in the news and heard heartbreaking stories from our people, our determination to promote equality, diversity and inclusion has only grown stronger, ” Calhoun told employees in a report.
“There is no room for hatred in our company, and we will continue to expect the best from everyone in their interactions with each other,” he added.
Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun (pictured) says: ‘There is no room for hatred within our company and we will continue to expect the best from everyone in their interactions with each other’
The company also outlined its plans to diversify its workforce in August 2020 ‘Racial Equality Action Plan’.
In an effort for greater transparency to hold the company “ accountable, ” Boeing also released a detailed report of its workforce demographics.
Which report revealed that of the company’s 140,000 employees, 66.8% are white, while 6.4% are black, 14.2% are of Asian descent, 7% are Hispanic, and 3.6% are listed as “more.”
Additional data shows that 79.2% of the company’s executives are white, 6.5% black, 8.3% Asian, and 4% Hispanic.
Calhoun says the company is aiming to increase black representation in its US workforce by 20% by 2025.
“This work is a business imperative for us because diversity and inclusion make us better in every way; when everyone has a voice, everyone is inspired to succeed together, ”the report said.
“As we decide to do better, the gaps we see in our representation show us where to focus our efforts to address inequalities,” the report added.
Corporate culture is changing as Boeing is currently in the middle of a racial discrimination lawsuit.
The aerospace company plans to increase black representation in its US workforce by 20% by 2025.
The disciplinary action was the result of Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy implemented in June 2020 in the aftermath of George Floyd’s assassination (pictured)
A black employee sues the aerospace company for a hostile work environment in a South Carolina factory.
The employee alleges that a company supervisor assigned African American workers to work in ‘unwanted’ and dangerous areas of a factory, while white workers were sent to more ‘desirable’ locations, Forbes reported.
Boeing has denied the allegations.