Alphabet

Company Score

-0.48
Industry Software & Services
Country United States
Year Added 2018
Impact Ratings 1255
Impact Notes 27
SDG Covered 12 out of 17

Alphabet Inc. is better known as Google, Alphabet Inc. was created via a corporate restructuring of Google in 2015 making it the parent company of Google and its former subsidiaries. Its is an American multinational conglomerate headquartered in California and the worlds fifth-largest technology company by revenue, it is also one of the worlds most valuable companies.
Alphabet employs 103,549 people worldwide and 86% of its revenues came from Performance Advertising as reported in 2017 (through user clicks using Adsense and Google Ads) and Brand Advertising. Its total revenue in 2017 was reported as US$110,855 million and a net income of US$12,662 million.

Read about Alphabet and its impact below.

Impact notes

Good Health and Well-being

Extremist videos uploaded in 4 months reached 0.01% of the monthly users on Youtube

Profile Khadija Rahman
Icon time Thu Mar 25th, 2021 at 4:37pm

Using online platforms like YouTube has been a crucial part of terrorist groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda to spread their propaganda and recruit people1. Between March and June 2018, ISIS members and supporters posted over 1,348 YouTube videos that garnered well over 163,391 views1. Uploading videos online has been a way to recruit and spread propaganda for extremist organizations1. A study stated that over 5,000 people from Europe alone left their homes to join the terrorists, most of them having been convinced through the internet5.

Decent work and Economic Growth

2 Mn American Businesses have gained $426 Bn of economic activity using Google’s products

Profile Tejaswi Chunduri
Icon time Wed Mar 24th, 2021 at 8:43am

According to the ILO, self-employment, micro and small enterprises play a major role in providing jobs; they account for 70% of the total employment1. In the United States of America (US), there are 30.7 Mn small businesses2. According to the Small Business Administration, small companies create 1.5 Mn jobs annually and account for 64% of new jobs created in the US2.

Good Health and Well-being

Alphabet owned YouTube lacks effective restrictions and negatively impacts kids' health

Profile Chandana Prathipati
Icon time Tue Mar 23rd, 2021 at 4:40pm

YouTube is the world's leading free online forum5 and is the 2nd most viewed website globally7. Nearly 1Bn hours of YouTube videos are watched by people every single day7. About 400 hrs of videos are uploaded to YouTube each minute3.  Kids aged below 8 are observed to be spending so much time on YouTube, surpassing the video watch time of other services like Netflix5.

Decent work and Economic Growth

Alphabet's Google's supply chain is linked to forced labor of Uyghurs in China

Profile Chandana Prathipati
Icon time Tue Mar 23rd, 2021 at 4:05pm

Estimates show that about a million members, including Uyghurs and Turkic minorities were lost in re-education camps in Xinjiang region, since 20171. Nearly 80,000 Uyghur laborers were sent to work in factories outside Xinjiang between 2017-20191. These workers lack freedom of movement, are prohibited from participating in religious ceremonies, and are under constant surveillance1. China's network of extralegal "re-education camps" are condemned worldwide1.  

No Poverty

Google hired 9,085 employees from outside America and paid them less than median salary in 2019

Profile Khadija Rahman
Icon time Tue Mar 23rd, 2021 at 11:19am

In 2019, around 53,000 employers in the US used the H1-B program3. The H1-B visa allows the USA to hire migrant college-educated workers and fashion models to be employed in the USA from other countries. As of now, over 500,000 migrant workers are in the USA3. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the H1-B employers pay below the median wage to migrant workers3.