Facebook Inc released its latest workforce diversity report on Thursday, which revealed that white males continue to make up the vast majority. The data also showed that the number of women and minorities have little changed over the past year.
According to the report, 44 percent employees are white in the U.S, with 36 percent Asians, two percent African-Americans and 4 percent Hispanics. Last year, whites constituted 57 percent, and Asians 34 percent, indicating a slight improvement from last year. Facebook’s global head of diversity Maxine Willaims said that having a diverse workforce is not only the right thing to do — it’s the smart thing to do for our business.
Ms, Willaims wrote that there is more work to do, which is quite similar to the one she wrote in 2014, “We have more work to do – a lot more.” The percentage of women increased only one percent, from 31 percent to 32 percent. The social-network’s diversity among tech workers is far less, with 84 percent male, of which 51 percent are white and 43 percent Asians. Hispanics and African-Americans stood at three percent and one percent respectively. Facebook’s senior-level management is overwhelmingly white and male, with 77 percent men and 23 percent women, and remains unchanged from last year.
Though the number of Asian people increased to 21 percent from 19 percent last year, the number of senior-level Hispanics decreased from four to three percent. Overall, only 32 percent of Facebook’s workforce is female, with only 16 percent of the company’s tech jobs held by women. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg stated that the company knows it has a long way to go.
Facebook has brought several initiatives to increase its diversity, and has listed them in a blog post. The list includes a Facebook University training program, which provides an opportunity to college freshmen from underrepresented groups to spend a summer working along Facebook mentors, and a training course towards conversations about stereotypes and bias.[ Source (pdf) ]