After reportedly cancelling a town hall meeting to allay the fears over an anti-diversity manifesto, Google’s India-born CEO Sundar Pichai finally addressed a coding event for girls on the campus.
Pichai, however, emphasized the importance of engineers “building products for everyone in the world” and said that in order to do that, “we need to have people internally who represent the world in totality”.
Pichai cut his vacation short to deal with the crisis over the manifesto that went viral inside the company and infuriated thousands of employees.
Damore has since been fired from Google.
“Our job is to build great products for users that make a difference in their lives,” Pichai wrote in an earlier email.
“To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK. Clearly there’s a lot more to discuss as a group, including how we create a more inclusive environment for all,” Pichai added.
“Psychological safety is built on mutual respect and acceptance, but unfortunately, our culture of shaming and misrepresentation is disrespectful and unaccepting of anyone outside its echo chamber,” Brown added.
Brown also thanked her fellow Googlers for bringing up the issue and vouched for a need to change.