Facebook Hired Only 7 Black Employees In Latest Diversity Count

June 29, 2015  |  

You can count the number of African-American employees Facebook hired in its latest diversity count on your hands — seven, just seven. According to The Guardian, Mark Zuckerberg’s promise to ensure that Facebook reflects the heterogeneity of its 1.4 billion international users fell flat.

Zuckerberg talked our ear off about his efforts to diversify the tech sector.”We have the same talent bar for everyone,” he said, according to USA Today. “But we want to find a disproportionate number of candidates who are women and minorities.” But the newest diversity report shows numbers that Mashable calls “disappointing.”

More than half of the Facebook staff, 55 percent, are White. The proportion of Asian employees skyrocketed from two percent to 36 percent. Latino and Black employment stagnated at four and two percent, respectively.

The most recent Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) report shows that Facebook hired only seven Black employees out of overall headcount increase of 1,231 in 2013. At that time, just 45 Black employees were employed out of a total U.S. workforce of 4,263. Black female staffers increased from 10 to 11 and Black male workers jumped by six to 34.

No Black employees had a seat at Facebook’s senior leadership positions.

From the outside looking in, Facebook Global Director of Diversity Maxine Williams admitted that the numbers seem to reflect slothful efforts on diversity, but Williams assures us this is not the case:

“…We are always trying creative approaches that tailor solutions to the challenge of increasing the diversity of our population,” Williams wrote. “While we have achieved positive movement over the last year, it’s clear to all of us that we still aren’t where we want to be. There’s more work to do. We remain deeply committed to building a workplace that reflects a broad range of experience, thought, geography, age, background, gender, sexual orientation, language, culture and many other characteristics.”

Williams said that Facebook has erected several programs to diversify the tech sector, including Facebook University, which invites college freshmen from underrepresented groups to work with Facebook mentors to learn the computer science skills needed to work for the company.

“We are going against hundreds of years of historical inequity,” Williams told The New York Times. “All of our investments will take years to pay off.”

Zuckerberg hinted that diversity is a key component for innovation.

“There’s just so much research that shows that diverse teams perform better at anything you’re trying to do,” CNN Money quotes Zuckerberg. “Companies that are more diverse do better.”

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