(Zerohedge) – In the last 12 months, Boeing has fired 65 employees and disciplined 53 others over ‘racist, discriminatory and hateful behavior,’ according to the Daily Mail , citing a Friday ‘Equity, Diversity & Inclusion’ report from the Chicag-based company’s CEO, David Calhoun.
‘ As we have witnessed horrific images in the news and heard heartbreaking stories from our people, our determination to advance equity, diversity and inclusion has only become stronger ,’ reads the statement – which follows the company’s June 2020 ‘zero-tolerance’ policy implemented in June 2020 following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis.
‘ There is no place for hate within our company, and we will keep expecting the best from everyone in their interactions with one another, ‘ Calhoun continued.
Meanwhile, the company outlined its diversity plans in its August 2020 ‘ Racial Equity Action Plan .’
Notably, of the company’s 140,000 employees, 66.8% are white, 6.4% are black, 14.2% are Asian, 7% are hispanic, and 3.6% are listed as ‘more.’
According to Calhoun, the company will increase black representation to 20% by 2025, just 3.5 years from now . This means Boeing will hire over 19,000 black workers in either a massive expansion of headcount, or at the expense of workers of other races.
‘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,’ reads the report. ‘ As we resolve to do better, the gaps we see in our representation show us where we must focus our efforts to address disparities. ‘
Meanwhile, Boeing is currently being sued by a black employee claiming a hostile environment at a South Carolina plant because a supervisor assigned black employees to work in ‘undesirable’ and hazardous areas of a plant, while white employees were sent to more ‘desirable’ locations, according to Forbes .