Facebook Report Reveals Company's Lack of Diversity

Facebook Report Reveals Company's Lack of Diversity

Like most top tech companies, Facebook's workforce is predominantly male, white and Asian.

Published June 26, 2014

Following in the footsteps of Google, Yahoo and LinkedIn, Facebook recently released an employee diversity report showing the company’s predominantly male, white and Asian workforce. Males make up 69 percent of Facebook’s worldwide offices, while 57 percent of U.S. employees are white and 34 percent are Asian. Latinos and Blacks only constitute 4 percent and 2 percent, respectively.

The report also provided breakdowns for ethnicity and gender across technical jobs, non-technical jobs and senior level jobs at the online social network company.

"As these numbers show, we have more work to do — a lot more,” wrote Maxine Williams, Facebook’s Global Head of Diversity. "But the good news is that we’ve begun to make progress. Diversity is something that we’re treating as everyone’s responsibility at Facebook, and the challenge of finding qualified but underrepresented candidates is one that we’re addressing as part of a strategic effort across Facebook.”

The report also outlined a number of strategies and programs currently in development to help increase the overall pool of employees from underrepresented communities. Spearheaded by the Strategic Diversity Team launched last year, Facebook will provide unconscious bias training to its employees, expand its Facebook University internship program aimed at college freshman of color and females, and partner with diversity pipeline programs like Girls Who Code, Code 2040 and the National Society of Black Engineers.

The trend of workforce diversity transparency was initiated when Google released its own report last month. Yahoo and LinkedIn followed shortly afterward, releasing their own employee demographics. Fellow tech titan leaders Amazon and Apple are now facing criticism for not disclosing the diversity of their workforces.

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Written by Patrice Peck


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