Friday, July 15, 2016

Facebook makes modest progress on workplace diversity - FINANCIAL EXPRESS

Originally published: July 15, 2016

Revealing the LGBT workforce data at its premises for the first time, Facebook on Thursday released its diversity report, announcing a modest increase in the number of women and minority employees and highlighting lack of talent to fulfill its diversity goals.

While its current representation in senior leadership is 3 per cent Black, 3 per cent Hispanic and 27 percent women, “of new senior leadership hires at Facebook in the US over the last 12 months, 9 percent are Black, 5 percent are Hispanic and 29 percent are women,” said Maxine Williams, Global Director of Diversity, Facebook, in a post.

“In a voluntary survey of our employees in the US about sexual orientation and gender identity, to which 61 per cent responded, 7 percent self-identified as being lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender or asexual. We are proud to support the LGBTQ community through our policies, products and extensive benefits for our employees,” Williams said.