Who's Accountable for Technology's Impact on Society?

Inaugural Report on Responsible Innovation in Tech

The results are in: responsible innovation is urgent but our industry has a long way to go. 

The results are in: responsible innovation is urgent but our industry has a long way to go. 

We are at a critical juncture in society where technology plays an outsized role in our lives.

The decisions companies, founders, and investors make today will have vast, long-lasting implications on society – for better or for worse.

Responsible Innovation Labs was set up to help companies tackle this challenge. Our hypothesis is that a clear set of standards for responsible company building is required to ensure the consequences and outcomes of innovation are intentional, impactful, inclusive, and enduring.

To that end, we listened carefully to a broad set of people, and commissioned research to better understand stakeholder opinions and inform our work moving forward.

We’re excited to share our findings more broadly, and welcome feedback on the information we’ve captured, the people we’ve spoken with, and any other ideas that might strengthen our process going forward.

80% of respondents think practices like Responsible Innovation should represent the future of the tech industry.

60% of respondents believe that the tech industry has failed to meet the goals of Responsible Innovation so far.

73% of respondents believe implementing Responsible Innovation across the tech industry is either an immediate or big priority.

Our ambition is that this research engages key stakeholders in a conversation about how to build technology companies with intention, impact and inclusivity.

The findings from the study will be released in three parts.
Part One
Urgency, Accountability and the Role of Investors
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Part Two
A Call to Action for Tech Executives
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Part Three
The Power of Tech Employees to Influence Change

We surveyed nearly 1500 people to get their thoughts.

To begin, we understood that we needed to listen carefully to a broad set of people, that is why RI Labs commissioned research to better understand stakeholder opinions. This research is intended to measure the tech industry’s progress toward creating widely accepted standards of Responsible Innovation and a framework for stakeholders’ respective roles in creating a more responsible world.

These audiences included:
Tech executives

This group includes leaders at tech companies, including Director, VP, and C-suite level and board members.

Tech employees

This group includes employees working at tech companies.

Informed public

Informed Public - This group includes highly engaged members of the general public.

Follow along here for future updates, and engage with us on Twitter to discuss the data at  #RILReport

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