Snap, the company responsible for popular camera-slash-photo sharing site app Snapchat, is only among the few tech companies not disclosing diversity among their entire organization. Result showed disappointing outcome for black people.
For equality’s sake in Snapchat
Protests put companies in the hot seat on to making their workforce more inclusive. Snapchat finally released on Wednesday the figures of how diversity has been going on with the social media company.
The company showed dissatisfying results. “To date, our DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) outcomes simply have not been good enough. We will hold ourselves accountable publicly.”
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The figures of Snachat
According to Snap in the report, “The lack of diversity is most pronounced in tech roles: 91 percent of our team members in these roles are White or Asian.” Senior leadership are also 74 percent White, while their employees in leadership positions are 70.4 percent White.
Furthermore, 32.9 percent of all employed by Snap all over the world are women, which is just almost a percent of growth from the preceding year. Moreover, tech teams consist of only 16 percent female, while leadership positions only consist of 7 percent women.
Meanwhile, they cited improvement in adding more women to leadership positions, buoying up numbers of women among roles with director and VP titles.
Not inclusive enough?
As CNN Business observed, the lack of diversity for the company is not that far from other giant tech brands. For instance, last 2014 Facebook revealed that only 2 percent of their employees are Black, which grew to only 3.9 percent in a matter of six years. Google, with parent company Alphabet, echoed a similar story, with only 3.7 percent Black from 1.9 percent Black, six years ago.
The publication also noticed the timing of Snap’s release of figures could be eclipsed by a more major story—the antitrust hearing of the leaders of the largest tech companies in the world before the US congress.
Lack of diversity among business, particularly tech companies, are being questioned regarding products and services they provide that could be inclusive to consumers and users from all over the world. they mentioned “We are committed to building products that are fully inclusive of gender, race, ability, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, geography, and more. To develop inclusive products, we must achieve greater diversity in the way we develop our products and content.”