Facebook’s employees are slightly more ethnically diverse than ever before, although its Hispanic and African-American workforce still make up only a small percentage of the tech firm’s U.S. staff.
As of June 30, about 3% of the tech firm’s labor force in the U.S. were Black and 5% were Hispanic, an uptick of 1%, according to data published by Facebook. It was the first time since 2014 that the tech firm has increased its percentage of Black and Hispanic employees.
White and Asian employees still dominate the tech firm’s U.S. base in which approximately 49% were white and 40% were Asian. The rest of the workforce was mixed-race or another ethnicity such as American Indian or Native Hawaiian.
Globally, about 65% of Facebook’s personnel are male and 35% are female. Last year, about 33% of the tech firm’s personnel were female.
“We aren’t where we’d like to be, but we’re encouraged that over the past year, representation for people from underrepresented groups at Facebook has increased,” wrote Facebook’s Global Director of Diversity Maxine Williams.
The administration painted Facebook’s training on managing unconscious bias as a “diversity slate approach” so hiring managers consider candidates from underrepresented backgrounds.
Diversity is a simmering issue in Silicon Valley although many corporations have struggled to hire and retain ethnic minorities. Facebook faced criticism in the past regarding its initial undisclosed minority report.
Last year, Williams wrote that “appropriate representation in technology or any other industry will depend upon more people having the opportunity to gain necessary skills through the public education system.”
That caused a stir among some minorities and advocates who thought the tech firm was implying there weren’t enough adequate ethnic minorities to hire and were blaming the challenge on the pipeline problem. Some took to social media to criticize the social media giant, using the hashtag “FBNoExcuses.”
“Diversity helps us build better products, make better decisions and better serve our community,” Williams wrote.
After all it is rightly said that there is, “Unity in Diversity” and the Dalai Lama encapsulated that idea by saying it should be “everywhere.”