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Snap Inc.'s first diversity report exposes company's lack of racial and gender diversity

 

Agence France-Presse

 /  Fri, July 31, 2020  /  06:02 pm
Snap Inc.'s first diversity report exposes company's lack of racial and gender diversity

Snap Inc. published its first annual diversity report which discloses how white, male employees make up the majority of the company workforce. (Shutterstock/franviser)

On Wednesday, Snap Inc. published its first annual diversity report which discloses how white, male employees make up the majority of the company workforce.

Shortly after Facebook published its annual diversity report showing a slow progression towards equal racial and gender representation in the company over the years, Snap Inc. has released its very first diversity report exposing its severe inclusivity shortcomings. 

While people who identify as women made up just 32.9 percent of Snap's global workforce in 2019, they make up only 16.1 percent of the technology workforce and just 6.7 percent of these teams' leadership.

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People identifying as black made up just 4.1 percent of the US workforce, and hispanic/latinx people made up just 6.8 percent. 70.4 percent of the company's leadership is white; 91 percent of those in tech roles are either white or Asian.

Because minority groups are so poorly represented in Snap Inc., the company promises that "We are determined to do what it takes to improve these numbers, because behind the numbers are real people." It added that "At Snap, creating a fairer, more inclusive, and truly anti-racist culture is everyone's job."

To improve inclusion and diversity within its workforce, Snap Inc. intends to enhance its recruiting process, ensure that all people employed at Snap headquarters have a salary of at least $70,000, and create more inclusive content.

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