Face­book fails to im­prove di­ver­sity

Los Angeles Times - - BUSINESS BEAT - By Tracey Lien tracey.lien@latimes.com Twit­ter: @ traceylien

Face­book’s latest di­ver­sity fig­ures barely budged from the pre­vi­ous year’s, with al­most ev­ery level of the com­pany still dom­i­nated by white men.

The re­port, which looks at the com­pany’s work­force as of May 31, 2015, shows that 55% of the so­cial net­work’s U. S. work­force is white, 36% is Asian, 4% is Latino, 3% is “two or more races” and 2% is black.

The com­pany’s cur­rent U. S. work­force is slightly more di­verse than the pre­vi­ous year’s, when 57% were white and 34% were Asian. The other eth­nic groups re­mained the same. On the gen­der front, change also came in mod­est amounts, with women mak­ing up 32% of the com­pany’s global work­force, up from 31% last year.

In tech­ni­cal roles, women now ac­count for 16% of the work­force, up from 15% last year.

Face­book’s global di­rec­tor of di­ver­sity, Max­ine Wil­liams, said on the com­pany’s blog that Face­book is tak­ing steps to im­prove its di­ver­sity num­bers through part­ner­ships with Lean­Ing. org and the Anita Borg In­sti­tute, a re­vamped “Man­ag­ing Bias” train­ing course for em­ploy­ees, an ex­pan­sion of an ex­ist­ing train­ing course for col­lege fresh­men from un­der­rep­re­sented groups and ef­forts to add peo­ple from un­der­rep­re­sented groups to hir­ing pools.

Other large Sil­i­con Val­ley tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies are ex­pected to re­lease their 2015 di­ver­sity fig­ures in the com­ing weeks.

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