Tesla released its first report on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, which found that minorities make up more than half of its U.S. workforce, while also holding a third of the company's leadership positions.
Tesla reported that Black, African-American, Hispanic, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native communities collectively represent 60% of the company’s U.S. workforce, and 33% of its senior managers.
The company said it has made progress in its efforts to recruit and promote members of minority groups. As a result, Tesla has described itself as a “majority-minority” workplace, where about 60% of the entire workforce in the United States is from underrepresented communities.
“We are proud to be a majority-minority company, and we are proud to report that our business reflects the underrepresented communities that have struggled to break through the roadblocks to equal opportunity.”
White workers accounted for 34% of total staff, followed by Hispanic workers at 22%, Asian workers at 21%, and Black workers at 10%. Additional groups accounted for 7%, while some staff declined to answer the survey, the company said.
“Many of our programs in 2021 will focus on increasing Black and African American representation, especially in leadership, while continuing the upward trend in new hires and promotions.”
To achieve this goal, Tesla will recruit employees from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs, and has a relationship with Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, as it prepares to launch its new factory--Giga Texas.
The report also provides information on the gender of Tesla employees: women comprise about 21% of the company's workforce, higher than the industry average. Also, 17% of those women are in leadership roles.
"Tesla is not a company that rests on past successes or settles for the status quo," said Kristen Kavanaugh, director of Inclusion, Talent and Learning, in the report.
"We set high standards for everything we do and we are committed to bringing that same bias for excellence to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Tesla."
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