How important is diversity in the workplace? A KelloggInsight report documented how better decisions are made by diverse businesses, while Catalyst noted that Fortune 500 companies with the highest representation of women board directors outperformed those with the least by 53 percent.
Now, Twitter has released data that reveals the company’s ethnic and gender diversity, and it makes for interesting reading.
Globally, 70 percent of Twitter employees are men, and that number skews even higher for those who work in tech, with a 90/10 split. Non-tech roles are 50-50, whereas the perhaps most important leadership category is 79 percent male (Twitter has been heavily criticised for not putting women in senior roles in the past).
For ethnicity – and this is U.S. only – 59 percent of employees are white and 29 percent are Asian. In leadership roles, 72 percent are white.
“We are keenly aware that Twitter is part of an industry that is marked by dramatic imbalances in diversity — and we are no exception,” writes Janet Van Huysse (@janetvh), VP, Diversity and Inclusion at Twitter. “By becoming more transparent with our employee data, open in dialogue throughout the company and rigorous in our recruiting, hiring and promotion practices, we are making diversity an important business issue for ourselves.”