Following the footsteps of its industry peers, Twitter has shared its diversity report for the first time which reflects the ethnic and gender diversity among its employees while also affirming that it will make more efforts to improvise the diversity of its workforce which is currently white, male-dominant.
Twitter’s Diversity and Inclusion Vice President Janet Van Huysse wrote in a blog post that Twitter has employees representing diverse cultures, however the company has a “lot of work to do” in this regard. She also wrote that Twitter is “committed to making inclusiveness a cornerstone of our culture”.
On the leadership front, only 21 percent represent the female employees while only a 10 percent of technical employees are female. The overall strength of female employees is only 30 percent even though 50 percent of the non-tech employees are female.
Considering ethnicity, 72 percent of Twitter leaders are white people with 24 percent Asian and Black and other ethnicities representing 2 percent each. American Indian, Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino and Black African-Americans represent less than 4 percent of its workforce.
The company has quite many internal programs led by employees to promote inclusiveness such as the Chime for Change, Techwomen, Black Girls CODE, etc. It also sponsors initiatives such as Out for Tech (Out for Undergraduate Technology Conference) and takes part in conferences like the Grace Hopper conference where Twitter engineers present every year.
She has also listed out other initiatives taken by the company to bring in a diverse workforce such as hosting Girl Geek Dinners in San Francisco and Boston and offers support to Girls who Code. The blog post also noted that its WomEng group received the honour of public-private collaborative Gender Equality Principles Initiative in San Francisco this year.
Huysse stated that Twitter supports initiatives that help women in STEM fields.