Diversity, equity, and inclusion

An open, inclusive culture

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Icon-Red_Hat-Media_and_documents-Quotemark_Open-B-Red-RGB Red Hat aspires to create a culture of empathy and respect–for one another, our customers, and the communities in which we live and work. In this space of belonging and psychological safety, we can bring our authentic selves to take risks and deliver the innovation our customers and ecosystem need and expect.

Shuchi Sharma

Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer

Smarter together

With 105+ offices in 40+ countries, plus many Red Hatters working remotely, we work collaboratively in globally distributed teams. Our projects benefit from having many different cultures and perspectives at work. It helps us refine our ideas and gives us a better understanding of our customers and the world.

Open changes everything

We want everyone to feel comfortable contributing, so we take an open and inclusive approach to communicating, collaborating, and making decisions. Our efforts to cultivate diversity, equity, and an inclusive environment go beyond our own company to reach open source communities and the broader technology industry.

Together, we can do more

We celebrate Red Hatters making a difference and inspire people, globally, to get involved.

The Red Hat Sponsorship Program is a voluntary 10-month program that supports the career progression of high-potential underrepresented associates and builds inclusive leadership skills among senior leaders. Sponsors (senior leaders) are paired with a sponsee (a more junior associate) to collaborate on growth opportunities, expand networks, increase visibility, and advocate for future opportunities. Sponsors actively advocate for the long-term success of a sponsee, going beyond guidance to co-create career development activities and actively champion their sponsee, with the goal of supporting the sponsee’s career progression and retention.

The Red Hat Open Source for Education (ROSE) project is a cross-community effort that brings students from Tira together with students from Ra'anana to the Red Hat® offices in Israel to learn about the Linux® operating system and Python programming. The students spent 6 months on a weekly basis working and learning together.

Engaged. Inspired. Involved.

At Red Hat, we know we can do more as a community than as individuals. Red Hatters join diversity, equity, and inclusion communities—also known as affinity groups or employee resource groups—to celebrate our differences and shared experiences.


Pride is a global community of empowered individuals bound by a common purpose: to unlock the potential of LGBTQ+ Red Hatters and partner with allies to foster a culture of inclusion.

Military Veterans

The Military Veterans community empowers the voices of veterans and their allies to amplify their contributions and opportunities within Red Hat’s collaborative culture by harnessing their leadership and experience.


Blacks United in Leadership and Diversity (B.U.I.L.D.) exists to foster a connected community of Black Red Hatters and their allies. It supports Red Hat’s efforts to recruit, develop, engage, and retain Black associates through community outreach, social engagement, and professional development.


The Neurodiversity community empowers Red Hatters by removing the stigma surrounding neurodiversity and mental health and by embracing a mission that celebrates, educates, develops, and creates a network of support for those with neurological differences.

Women's Leadership

The Women’s Leadership community is a thriving global network of women from across Red Hat. From Raleigh to Pune, community members come together to share ideas, engage in discussions, and attend leadership and educational events.

Native and Indigenous

The Native and Indigenous community promotes awareness of indigenous populations and cultures worldwide through educational opportunities, and seeks to increase their presence throughout the technology field.


Unidos focuses on recruiting future Red Hatters from Latinx and Hispanic communities around the world, educating associates on the different cultures that exist and empowering future generations by promoting Latinx and Hispanic diversity within the technology industry.

Asian Network

The Asian Network is for Red Hat associates with heritage and identity from the countries in Asia Pacific and their allies. This community focuses on accelerating the advancement of Asian employees at Red Hat, as well as building community, advocating for greater representation, championing equity, and celebrating diversity.

Diverse Abilities

The Diverse Abilities community works to create a culture where differently abled people are welcomed, empowered, and supported in their contributions to the success of Red Hat. This group aims to increase awareness and better access to facilities, as well as improve recruitment and retention of associates with disabilities.

Icon-Red_Hat-Media_and_documents-Quotemark_Open-B-Red-RGB [These] communities provide a safe space for open dialogue within and across diverse groups. The open source model shows that incorporating diverse experiences and knowledge leads to better outcomes. Red Hat’s communities make this possible.

Allie Jacobs

Senior Interaction Designer

Get inspired. Get involved.

Here are just a few examples of our diversity, equity, and inclusion outreach efforts:

  • Red Hat’s DEI Community, Blacks United in Leadership and Diversity and the Global Engineering team at Red Hat have a strategic partnership with Shaw University, a HBCU (historically black college/university) located near Red Hat Headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina. The purpose of this partnership is to identify opportunities to support Shaw’s growing Computer Science program through training, certification, internships, and the potential employment of Shaw University students and graduates.

  • Red Hat also sponsors Outreachy, a nonprofit program offering internships with free and open source software projects to those facing marginalization, systemic bias, or discrimination in the technology industry of their country. Since 2010, Red Hatters have mentored more than 100 Outreachy interns.

By the numbers

Employment demographics

At Red Hat, we believe that the more diverse we are, the better we can innovate, serve customers, and contribute to the open source communities in which we participate. Every day, we’re working to be a more diverse and inclusive company.

Red Hat

Global headcount: 20,002
Average age: 40.5


(U.S. only)


13.1% - Asian

5.6% - Black or African American

5.7% - Hispanic/Latino

0.4% - Indigenous

2.4% - Two or more Races

72.8% - White




27.5% - Female

72.5% - Male



23.7% - APAC

28.8% - EMEA

5.1% - LATAM

42.3% - NA

Work environment


51.3% - Remote

43.2% - Hybrid



Average age of Red Hatters in technical roles: 39.8
This data excludes those at or above the vice president level


(U.S. only)



16.1% - Asian

5.2% - Black or African American

5.5% - Hispanic/Latine

0.3% - Indigenous

2.4% - Two or more races

70.4% - White



18.5% - Women

81.5% - Men




22.9% - APAC

31.2% - EMEA

4.4% - LATAM

41.5% - NA

Work environment



59.5% - Remote

34.5% - Hybrid

6% - On-site


Average age of Red Hatters in nontechnical roles: 41.8
This data excludes those at or above the vice president level


(U.S. only)


7.3% - Asian

6.7% - Black or African American

6.1% - Hispanic/Latine

0.3% - Indigenous

2.% - Two or more races

77.3% - White




47.2% - Women

52.8% - Men




25.8% - APAC

23.9% - EMEA

6.7% - LATAM

43.6% - NA

Work environment



33.8% - Remote

62.4% - Hybrid

3.8% - On-site



(U.S. only)


10.7% - Asian

0.0% - Black or African American

3.6% - Hispanic/Latine

85.7% - White

0.0% - Indigenous

0.0% - Two or more races




17.7% - Women

82.3% - Men

Work environment



37.1% - Remote

28.2% - Hybrid

34.7% - On-site

Gender Equality Reports

Red Hat encourages a creative, culturally diverse, respectful, and supportive work environment where individuals have an opportunity to build rewarding careers. This includes paying all associates equitably for comparable roles, skills, and experience. View our gender equality reports by country and learn what we're doing to support gender equality.


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* Data is from March 2023. Data for gender represents the global Red Hat population. Data for ethnicity represents only the U.S. Red Hat population, and terms reflect the U.S. government’s reporting requirements. Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding.

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