Hispanic, Black, and Mixed Race combined only comprise less than 10% of Facebook’s workforce that is dominated by Whites and Asians; their annual diversity report reveals.
According to the Facebook 2019 Diversity Report, published June 9th, 2019, there are 44.2% and 43% Whites and Asians working on Facebook. Aggregately, the two demographic profile comprise 97% of all of Facebook’s employees. Furthermore, only 5.2% are Hispanics, and only 3.8% are Blacks.
Furthermore, the report also reveals a disproportionate number of men working for the San Francisco-based company as compared to women. In the said report, Facebook claims that across all roles, 63.1% are men, while only 36.9% are women. The numbers are similar for their senior leadership, that is comprised of 67.4% of men and only 32.6% of women.
The only department where women outnumber men is the Business and Sales department having 57.2% women and 42.8% men.
According to Facebook, the company had a long way of improving its workforce diversity. In 2014, for example, more than half of Facebook’s employees are White Men, and women occupy only a quarter of the senior leadership positions.
“Over the last six years, we have worked hard to make our commitment to diversity and inclusion more than just sound bites. Our company has grown a lot. So has our approach,” Facebook said in a press release.
“We are more focused than ever on creating a diverse workforce and supporting our people. They are the ones building better products and serving the communities on our platforms.”
Facebook has assigned departments and committees to improve the company’s diversity policy and allow a more inclusive business and working environment among their employees.
“Lauryn, Director of Education Partnerships, brings people together to learn more about computer science and programming through Facebook-led initiatives, such as TechPrep and CodeFwd, and partnerships with organizations like CodePath.org, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Jason, Head of Supplier Diversity, ensures that our supply chain, from the cafe, produce data center construction and global event production, is both diverse and inclusive,” reads the report.
The global tech giant also highlights the importance of design in fostering diversity within its workspace.
“Our design choices are important, too. Designing for inclusivity leads to better decisions and better products. Ian, Director of Design at Instagram, has relied on diverse teams to build the best products throughout his career in the US and now in Japan. It’s also vital to be increasingly intentional not just about what we design, but how. We are committed to the ethical design and responsible innovation in tech. Margaret, VP of Product Design, insists on diverse perspectives and a broad view of social and political contexts informing how we design,” they added.
” Facebook Resource Groups are building community and supporting professional development while programs like Managing Bias, Managing Inclusion, Be the Ally Circles, Managing a Respectful Workplace, and Efficacy Training build everyone’s skills.”
Facebook’s programs for diversification of its workplace also extends to people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
“We are also committed to disability inclusion and are particularly proud of our top score and naming as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” by the Disability Equality Index. We have expanded our disability and inclusion recruiting efforts globally to provide more opportunity for job satisfaction and advancement, and we have launched new initiatives,” they said.
“Our commitment to and support of the LGBTQ+ community is unwavering. We’re proud to have earned 100% on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality. This is the fifth year in a row that we have received the best score. The HRC recognition reflects the hard work that this community and its allies across the company do to make LGBTQ+ inclusion a priority for the people at Facebook and on our platform around the world. About 8% of US-based Facebook employees identify as LGBTQ+, based on a voluntary survey.”