Snap’s results showed a workforce severely lacking in diversity, though on par with its much larger peers. In 2019, its US workforce was just 4.1% Black and 6.8% Hispanic and Latinx.
“To date, our DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) outcomes simply have not been good enough,” Snap said in the report. “We will hold ourselves accountable publicly and we expect to be judged by our actions and not just our words.”
Overall, women made up 32.9% of Snap’s global employees in 2019, an increase of 0.9% from the previous year. However, women made up only 16% of its tech teams and just 7% of tech leadership roles. “The lack of diversity is most pronounced in tech roles: 91% of our team members in these roles are White or Asian,” Snap said in the report.
Snap’s leadership and senior leadership roles are also predominantly white. Of the employees in leadership roles, 70.4% are white, while its senior leadership team is 74.2% white.
Snap said it made “progress” in improving the number of women in leadership roles. Women
The company had 3,195 global employees as of December 31, 2019.
Snap nodded to the issue in the report: “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.”
In addition to releasing the employee breakdown, Snap also outlined several new initiatives for improving diversity, equity and inclusion, including linking executives’ performance in part to their individual diversity efforts and diversity goals for their teams, requiring unconscious bias training for all employees and expanding its mentoring programs.
The company also set goals for the future, including to double the number of women in tech at Snap by 2023 and to double the number of underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities by 2025. Its “long-term goal” is to reflect “the racial and gender diversity” of the different places where it operates.