Diversity Remains an ‘Ongoing Priority’ for BuzzFeed

To show its commitment to diversity, BuzzFeed released its internal statistics report today describing a growth in the company’s gender and racial diversity. The post celebrates the gains made in hiring more women and nonwhite staffers to the digital media team over the course of last year. It’s important to note that BuzzFeed now also has more women global managers than men. Across its divisions, however, a stark contrast between genders still remains in tech, which doesn’t bode well.

While the percentage of white employees dropped from 74.8% to 69%, the company still leaves room for improvement when it comes to racial diversity. Google, for example, said this year that 60 percent of its overall staff is white. At Facebook, only 55 percent of the overall staff is white.

BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti neatly sums up the gains:

  • Across BuzzFeed overall, we are less white than we were this time last year.
  • Globally, we have more women managers than men: 52% of BuzzFeed managers are female, 48% male.
  • Asian-Americans make up about 12% of the employees working on both editorial and branded content for BuzzFeed Motion Pictures.
  • As a company, we are more female than we were a year ago — we now have more women than men working at BuzzFeed.
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