Facebook reports numbers, Jackson vows to keep pressing tech firms on diversity

As more tech companies release statistics confirming that their workforces are not exactly models of diversity, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his Rainbow PUSH organization are vowing to keep pressing for improvement.

“This is a step in the right direction,” Jackson said in a statement after Facebook issued a report on its workforce Wednesday. “But the numbers tell the story. Blacks and Latinos are being left out of the technology revolution.”

Facebook was the latest of a handful of Silicon Valley firms to release reports disclosing the gender and ethnic make-up of their employees and managers. The report comes after Jackson attended the annual shareholder meetings last month of both Facebook and Google, urging both companies to release their numbers.

The numbers at Facebook echo some of the same disparities revealed this summer by Google, along with LinkedIn and Yahoo. As at other tech companies, the majority of Facebook’s U.S. workers are white or Asian. Facebook said just 4 percent of its U.S. employees are Hispanic, 2 percent are black and 3 percent are individuals of two or more races.

While Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, has spoken widely about the need for more women leaders in business, her company reported that women make up just 31 percent of its global workforce and 23 percent of its senior management. Facebook said it’s working with several education and leadership organizations to improve the numbers. In a statement, the company said, “We have more work to do – a lot more. But the good news is that we’ve begun to make progress.”

Jackson said his group will be monitoring that effort and will continue to press other tech firms to disclose their workforce data. He’s urging companies to make diversity a business priority.

“They must set specific, measurable goals, targets and timetables, just like they do other priority business lines,” Jackson said in a statement. “We will measure their results and hold companies publicly accountable.”

(Photo by Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group:  Rev. Jesse Jackson arriving at the HP shareholder meeting earlier this year)

 

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  • Tom Robertson

    If you have no brains then don,t expect to get a job that requires brains.America is in decline because of your people so lets just keep them away from messing up one of the few advantages we have over the woprld.

    • Sabrina Bachhuber

      Your comment proves that indeed you are missing brains; and you really think this is an advantage ????

      • Tom Robertson

        Technology moron.

  • Nate

    Are their brains genetically inferior?

  • InconvenientTruthsYouHate

    Jackson is a bigoted, loud-mouthed idiot with ZERO understanding about the tech employment marketplace. You can’t just say “hire more people of type X” if there aren’t people of “type X” which have the skills you need!! If he wants to change the landscape, he shouldn’t be harassing silicon valley companies about it, but should be harassing his fellow blacks about studying computer science so they can QUALIFY for the jobs.

  • math4fun

    All the high tech companies I worked for hired people who had the skills and experience. Most of my colleagues were of Asian decent. This was not because the bosses like them more, but because they had the skills and experience. I don’t see the problem.

  • kevin

    One of the reason Jackson is doing this is because American companies (White run and owned have a historical history of practicing racism. when you look at the work environment in all area from education, medical, the justice system and now tech have all had this glass ceiling the blacks had to break . By the time one wall was down another was up. black are graduation from college and also have skill but what’s going on is the same issue that was a problem in the 40’s 50’s the 60’s 70’s 80’s 90’s and now the 2000’s. Segregation . Most people feel this behavior only exits in the south but black are getting job in NY and down south but not in California. I remember watch a special on the KKK and at the end one of the main people guys said ” the south and the KKK will rise again” . I did not know he mint they will rise in Tech. we also had a President that said ” Segregation to and segregation forever. Wow now can see what my great grand parent, my grand parent and my parent had to deal with. Segregation forever.

    • alrui

      You live in a world created by people like Jackson to keep you down!

    • Makikiguy

      “black are graduation from college” nice sentence structure.

  • alrui

    This race bater needs to go away & STFU!

  • kevin

    To Makikiguy, you watch to much TV because black who graduate from college are not thugs hanging on street corners. They are trying to go to work like everyone else. I want you to understand that blacks people are human sir, but you are like most and we know your kind sir. I also want you to check out some college graduation from some of the tops school. I have to say more then 7 black graduated from Harvard and I know you will not find them gang banding or selling drugs. I also want you to check out Morehouse medical school because the graduation had over 50 student graduation in the medical field. So do you really think they on the corner? your full of racism and very sick minded but I bet your a Tech worker from one of those companies that don’t want to give up that data . I also wonder if your parent and grand parent had the same thinking pattern. THANK GOD YOU PEOPLE LIKE MR. JACKSON. He shows us how things have not really changed at all and what really needs to happen is some old fashion Boycotting. God Bless America.

  • kevin

    To Makikiguy, you watch to much TV because black who graduate from college are not thugs hanging on street corners. They are trying to go to work like everyone else. I want you to understand that blacks people are human sir, but you are like most and we know your kind sir. I also want you to check out some college graduation from some of the tops school. I have to say more then 7 black graduated from Harvard and I know you will not find them gang banding or selling drugs. I also want you to check out Morehouse medical school because the graduation had over 50 student graduation in the medical field. So do you really think they on the corner? your full of racism and very sick minded but I bet your a Tech worker from one of those companies that don’t want to give up that data . I also wonder if your parent and grand parent had the same thinking pattern. THANK GOD YOU PEOPLE LIKE MR. JACKSON. He shows us how things have not really changed at all and what really needs to happen is some old fashion Boycotting. God Bless America.

 
 
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