Pichai an­nounces new poli­cies at Google

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SAN FRAN­CISCO: Google CEO Sun­dar Pichai has promised changes to the tech gi­ant’s sex­ual ha­rass­ment poli­cies, a week after thou­sands of its em­ploy­ees across the world, in­clud­ing in In­dia, walked out in protest against the com­pany re­port­edly shield­ing some top ex­ec­u­tives ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct.

In a memo to em­ploy­ees on Thurs­day, the In­dian-ori­gin CEO said, “We recog­nise that we have not al­ways got­ten every­thing right in the past and we are sin­cerely sorry for that. It’s clear we need to make some changes.”

“This is an area where we need to con­tin­u­ally make progress and are com­mit­ted to do­ing so,” Pichai said while de­tail­ing the com­pre­hen­sive ac­tion plan to ad­dress the de­mands of Google em­ploy­ees.

“We will pro­vide more trans­parency on how we han­dle con­cerns and give bet­ter sup­port and care to the peo­ple who raise them. We will dou­ble down on our com­mit­ment to be a rep­re­sen­ta­tive, equitable, and re­spect­ful work­place,” he as­sured.

More than 20,000 Google em­ploy­ees across the world walked out of their of­fices last Thurs­day fol­low­ing a bomb­shell New York Times re­port that de­tailed how the com­pany has shielded and gave mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar sev­er­ance pack­ages for se­nior ex­ec­u­tives ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct, with or­gan­is­ers of the protest de­mand­ing con­crete changes like a new sys­tem for re­port­ing abuse and an em­ployee rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the com­pany’s board. Some 150 Google em­ploy­ees par­tic­i­pated in the walk­out in In­dia. Google’s plan in­cludes pro­vid­ing more trans­parency around sex­ual ha­rass­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tions and out­comes as part of its an­nual ‘In­ves­ti­ga­tions Re­port’, re­vamp­ing its re­port­ing chan­nels on mis­con­duct, up­dat­ing and ex­pand­ing its sex­ual ha­rass­ment train­ing and mak­ing ar­bi­tra­tion op­tional for sex­ual ha­rass­ment claims.

Google CEO Sun­dar Pichai

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