Remote Work Fuels Major Diversity Boost at Meta

Written by: Spencer Feingold
Published on: Jul 22, 2022

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By now, companies and employees worldwide are well aware that there are benefits and drawbacks to remote working. One benefit that corporations are experiencing is improvement in employment diversity.

This week, Meta announced that it had exceeded its diversity and inclusion goals, citing the increasing prevalence of remote jobs in the company. The tech giant—the parent company to Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp—publicized its progress in its annual diversity report.

“For the first time, we’re hiring individuals who are fully remote and working from locations where we don’t have offices, increasing the diversity of our candidate pool and workforce,” Maxine Williams, Meta’s chief diversity officer, said in a statement.

In this month’s report, Meta stated that, since 2019, the company has doubled the number of Black and Hispanic workers in the United States and the number of women globally. The announcement comes two years ahead of the company's previously stated goal to achieve the doubling by 2024. The total number of underrepresented employees—which also includes LGBTQ+ and disabled people—continued to rise as well, hitting 46.7% in 2022.

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