Building a More Diverse Facebook

Facebook has finally released their diversity numbers. It seems we are on the verge of a revolution where many big name companies are releasing what the demographics look like within the company. It is cool. I wonder if the initiatives to build diversity will become ones to also sustain diversity. In the post Civil Rights era, it is great to promote diversity, however we can always go a step further to build inside the system an appreciation and vigilance for diversity.

Facebook Newsroom

By Maxine Williams, Global Head of Diversity

Today we’re making Facebook’s current diversity figures available publicly for the first time.

At Facebook, diversity is essential to achieving our mission. We build products to connect the world, and this means we need a team that understands and reflects many different communities, backgrounds and cultures. Research also shows that diverse teams are better at solving complex problems and enjoy more dynamic workplaces. So at Facebook we’re serious about building a workplace that reflects a broad range of experience, thought, geography, age, background, gender, sexual orientation, language, culture and many other characteristics.

Below is the current demographic data for the company:


As these numbers show, we have more work to do – a lot more. But the good news is that we’ve begun to make progress.

Diversity is something that we’re treating as everyone’s responsibility at Facebook, and the challenge of finding…

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