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LivePerson DEI&A Annual ReportDiversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility at LivePerson & beyond

Committed to meaningful change toward a more equitable future

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At LivePerson, we are a global team working to power meaningful conversations around the world, at scale. This inaugural DEI&A report reflects the work of many across the organization in 2022. It highlights our progress, and defines the road ahead as we continue on a never-ending journey to become inclusive by design. We’re proud of our work so far, and motivated to keep our momentum strong.

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Change in the making

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Became a proud founding member of EqualAI®

EqualAI® is a nonprofit and movement focused on reducing unconscious bias in the development and use of AI.

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Our commitment

What does it mean to be a company that fully embodies our commitment to DEI&A?

We know that in order to do our best and most authentic work, we need shared guideposts. So we created a global inclusion strategy and roadmap divided into three pillars. When we invest in each pillar below, we create opportunities for sustainable, long-term, meaningful impact.

People

Talent from all backgrounds can easily see themselves here. Our systems are simple and transparent, and the path to growth is never a mystery. We feel invested in, and invest in the success of each other.

Product

Being #1 in customer engagement means we’re inclusive by design. We have a clear approach to building tools that work for everyone.

Brands & community

We see ourselves as part of the solution to creating a more equitable future for all. Brands trust us, and we measure our progress in terms of value created.

How do we put this strategy into action?

While vision is critical, our inclusion strategy also requires that we take tangible steps toward progress. Doing the work means we’re relentlessly focused on four key action areas:

Creating a shared understanding

Starting the conversation

Our ERGs launched a series of talks and resources to define key terms and highlight the contributions of under-recognized groups in tech, enabling LPers to learn together. We also launched better dashboards and DEI&A-specific culture survey questions to help us measure our progress and better understand how all LPers experience our culture.

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prioritizing equity

Reinforcing fairer hiring processes & mitigating bias

Our Talent Acquisition team adopted a consistent global framework for candidate assessments, including standardized core competencies by role and a robust feedback system. We integrated DataPeople’s inclusive writing platform to help neutralize potentially biased language in our job descriptions, and to attract talent from all backgrounds.

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intentional inclusion

Accessibility & sharing pronouns

In 2022, we began integrating the Axe® tool into end-to-end automation testing. The tool points out accessibility issues right at the design stage, so we can fix them before deploying updates or new products. We also extended an all-company invitation to add pronouns to Slack to normalize the practice of sharing pronouns and to promote inclusivity and respect for gender diversity.

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owning our impact

Eliminating language barriers & surfacing resources

Our Aid for Ukraine team built a bot that centralized and categorized valuable information across key areas for refugees leaving Ukraine, including where to find accommodations, transportation, medical support, and more. The bot supports Ukrainian, Polish, and English speakers, helping those in need access the overwhelming number of resources available.

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Measuring our impact

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countries globally

31%

women (globally)

24%

women in leadership (VP+)

13%

URM* talent (US only)

4%

URM* talent in leadership (VP+)

For a further look at workforce representation at LivePerson and to dig into our data collection methodology, view the full report here.

*At LivePerson, URM (underrepresented minority) talent consists of employees who identify as Black or African American, Hispanic or LatinX, Native American, and Native Hawaiian.

A resource for everyone

ERGs at LivePerson

From networking opportunities to professional development, to employee engagement and morale, our employee-led ERGs strengthen the entire company. They also provide insights and feedback on policies, programs, and initiatives that impact underrepresented or marginalized employees.

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Women in Tech

Women, non-binary individuals, and allies host a speaker series, panel discussions, workshops, and networking sessions, all aimed at providing skill development, knowledge sharing, and community building.

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LP Proud

LGBTQIA+ employees and allies dedicated to creating a safe and supportive community where all employees can learn, express their authentic identities, and support one another while advocating for LGBTQIA+ rights and representation in the workplace and beyond.

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LP Unity

Dedicated to fostering individual growth, creating an inclusive and supportive environment, and building a sense of community so that employees from all backgrounds can connect, share experiences, and collaborate.

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Spotlight

The Goal-Crushing program

Through workshops, mentorship, and networking opportunities, the six-month accelerated leadership and development program focuses on specific strategies, mindsets, and behaviors to help individuals overcome challenges and set and achieve their personal and professional goals. Every participant sets their own goal. While some choose to focus on career advancement, others focus on personal growth. Since its inception, 50 LivePerson women have graduated from the program.

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Hear from LPers making a difference

A new way to measure success: Social Return on Investment (SROI)

What is the value created, and for whom, by investing in initiatives that advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility?

That’s the question we asked ourselves as we took our first pass at a new way to measure successful impact. Our social return on investment (SROI) model allows us to better understand (and track) the power of doing good on a few levels (see below). Measuring what’s working means we can maximize our time, resources, and efforts around the actions that will derive the most value for our team, business, and society.

1. Tracking impact

A critical evaluation of our DEI&A programs that helped us understand what’s working, and what isn’t. The evaluation showed us how our existing programs can make the biggest impact, and highlighted areas that need improvement.

2. Assessing value

A business valuation focused on traditional return on investment of our DEI&A strategy and actions. This valuation helped us see the actual cost — through lost business, remediation cost, and reputational damage — of not executing our DEI&A strategy effectively.

3. Seeing the ripple

An estimate of the broader social value we create from employing a more diverse workforce. The impact of hiring inclusively includes individual earnings, family benefits, community multiplier effects, and the potential influence that role models can have on communities.

Onward

From company-wide learning tools to new experiences from which to connect and learn from each other, we’re invested in the things that bring us closer together and help us deliver for our customers. We’re excited to continue taking meaningful steps in our journey, and that begins with producing this report annually. We look forward to sharing as we learn.

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