Newly released data from Amazon.com Inc highlights a persisting divide in the company’s workforce, particularly in terms of both race and gender. Although there has been a slight increase in the percentage of non-white executives, Amazon’s executive ranks still remain predominantly white. On the other hand, minorities continue to make up the majority of the company’s blue-collar workforce. The disclosure of this information comes in response to a request by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer for companies to provide their EEO-1 forms, which offer detailed worker information.

The lack of diversity in leadership positions within American corporations has drawn significant concern, especially following the Black Lives Matter demonstrations. The close scrutiny of Amazon is mainly due to its extensive blue-collar workforce, making it one of the largest private employers in the United States.

According to the data released by Amazon, as of October 2020, 71% of the company’s top executives were white, displaying a slight decrease from the previous year. This figure aligns with that of other major technology companies, although not all of them have released their 2020 diversity reports yet. Amazon has expressed its active efforts to enhance diversity, setting specific hiring goals to increase representation of Black individuals and women. In 2020, 42% of newly hired executives at Amazon were people of color.

With a total workforce of approximately 950,000 employees in the United States, Amazon has underscored its commitment to ongoing recruitment and diversity objectives. The company’s filings indicate that the largest worker category comprises “laborers and helpers,” constituting roughly two-thirds of the entire workforce. Among these workers, the percentage of Black, Hispanic, or other non-white individuals accounted for 74% in 2020, compared to 72% the previous year.

The release of demographic data by Amazon signifies a step towards transparency and accountability as the company endeavors to address diversity concerns within its ranks. It remains uncertain how other companies will respond to similar requests for disclosure and whether these initiatives will result in substantial changes in corporate leadership. The focus on Amazon’s workforce underscores the significance of promoting diversity and inclusivity across all sectors of society.

Useful links:
1. Amazon to Improve, Deliver Insights into Diversity
2. Amazon Releases New Diversity Data: More Representation, But It’s Still Not Enough