Facebook comes up short on diversity

06/25/2014 4:53 PM

06/25/2014 4:53 PM

Facebook Inc. said its workforce is 31 percent female, the fourth major technology company to report its numbers amid a Silicon Valley debate over diversity.

Facebook, whose Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has been vocal about the need for women to be represented in leadership roles, said women make up 15 percent of technical employees and 23 percent of senior managers. Ninety-one percent of employees at the world’s largest social-networking service are white or Asian, the company said in a blog post Wednesday.

The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company’s report follows similar disclosures by Yahoo! Inc., Google Inc. and LinkedIn Corp. in the past month. The figures highlight a lack of minorities and women at all of the companies, an issue that Sandberg helped bring into the spotlight with her Lean In campaign.

“Since our strategic diversity team launched last year, we’re already seeing improved new hire figures and lower attrition rates for underrepresented groups,” Maxine Williams, Facebook’s global head of diversity, said in the post. “As these numbers show, we have more work to do – a lot more.”

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