Alphabet Inc CEO Sundar Pichai penned down a memo for the employees where he affirmed that the company would not go back in time.“I hope these commitments will serve as a strong signal to all of you that we are not going back in time,” Pichai wrote in the memo seen by CNBC.
“It’s very important to me that we hold ourselves to the highest possible standard as a workplace on issues of misconduct, and provide care and support to people who report it…I’ve been working closely with our teams and our board to ensure that we are doing this,” the Google CEO added in the memo, the publication reported.
Notably, his memo came a day after the company settled a lawsuit wherein the shareholders allegedly accused the board of mishandling the sexual harassment allegations against its executives. As a part of the settlement, the company will not be providing a severance package to anyone who is terminated for any form of misconduct.
In addition to that, Google will channel $310 million toward diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and programs focused on increasing access to computer science education and careers; continuing to build a more representative workforce; fostering a respectful, equitable and inclusive workplace culture; and helping businesses from underrepresented groups to succeed in the digital economy and tech industry.
Additionally, all companies under the Alphabet Inc umbrella will take an annual review of their own individual policies and practices to ensure they are consistent with Alphabet’s guiding principles.
“Together, Sundar, the DEI Advisory Council, and the Board will uphold Alphabet’s unwavering commitment to prohibit and respond effectively to complaints of sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace,” Google wrote in a blog post after the settlement.