In a recent and rare event, Snapchat releases its very first diversity report that shows a lack of representation in the year 2019, but still on par with its larger peers.
On the same day the long-awaited antitrust hearing was held, Snapchat’s diversity report was made public, showing that in the US, the company only had 6.8 percent Hispanic and Latinx employees and 4.1 percent black. The company admits their Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) efforts are insufficient, publicly holding themselves accountable.
Compared to its previous available data, the company did have some improvements wherein 2019 its worldwide workforce consisted of 32.9 percent women, a slight increase of 0.9 percent. In terms of senior leadership roles, there is a dominance of white employees and only 7 percent of women had tech leadership roles. "We are determined to do what it takes to improve these numbers because behind the numbers are real people," wrote Snapchat.
The real problem is, it’s not just Snapchat but Silicon Valley itself that lacks diversity. Improvements do appear sometimes but only in slight increments.
Three years ago Forbes covered the story on why Silicon Valley giants can’t seem to move fast at becoming more diverse, pointing out “strengthening the pipeline” is one key factor that can highly contribute to change. “Once they come on board […] they need to have a way to go up,” said Tenzin Seldon of Kinstep. Unfortunately, the opportunity remains hard for minorities to get, even in 2020.