Google said Wednesday that more than two-thirds of its employees are men and more than 60% are white, figures that a top executive said reflected a disappointing lack of diversity at the Internet giant.
Google disclosed the gender and racial makeup of its workforce for the first time, following a pledge made at its annual meeting May 14 by General Counsel David Drummond. The report, posted on Google’s website, showed that as of January, 70% of Google employees were men and 30% were women. The report said 61% of employees were white, 30% were of Asian descent, 3% were Hispanic and 2% were black.
Among company leadership, Google said 21% of employees are women, while 72% are white. “Put simply, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity,” said Google’s Senior Vice President of People Operations Laszlo Bock in a blog post. He said Google struggles to recruit women and minorities in part because they earn a small percentage of computer-science degrees. Last week Facebook was pressed at its own annual meeting to share the same data, but Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said the company won’t do so immediately. Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.