Facebook’s Diversity Report Is More Disappointing Than We Thought

July 14, 2016

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Diversity reports have been issued out from some of the leading tech companies, and they have been illuminating to the successes (and disappointments) of some diversity initiatives. Over the last three years, more companies have pledged to provide resources and funding into improving the representation and inclusion of underrepresented groups in tech. However, many companies have been found to have failed or made little progress in improving diversity.

So how does Facebook fair?

The leading social media company has published this year’s diversity initiative results – and even though there has been progress made, the numbers are disappointing towards any massive change in what we already expect from the industry.

Global Director of Diversity, Maxine Williams, opens the report with highlighting Facebook’s strengths. Highlighting the mission of “giv[ing] people the power to share and make the world more open and connected”, the company has had slight improvement in their hiring numbers and in senior leadership. She writes:

“Over the past few years, we have been working hard to increase diversity at Facebook through a variety of internal and external programs and partnerships. We still have a long way to go, but as we continue to strive for greater change, we are encouraged by positive hiring trends.”

For Facebook, the senior leadership numbers have increased over the last 12 months: 9 percent are Black, 5 percent are Hispanic and 29 percent women. However, much like others in tech, a majority of Facebook’s employees are white (52 percent overall and 71 percent in senior leadership) and male (67 percent overall).

Diversity and inclusion in tech can’t be fixed by an overnight solution, but for it to improve, it’s vital that companies – especially those leading the industry – are transparent about where they are succeeding, and where they need to improve.

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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she’s using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color.

Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to [email protected] or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.

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