Amazon Releases First-Ever Report on Employee Diversity: Only 15% of Workers are Black

In this June 16, 2014 file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks on stage for the launch of the new Amazon Fire Phone, in Seattle. Amazon.com reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP)
In this June 16, 2014 file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks on stage for the launch of the new Amazon Fire Phone, in Seattle. Amazon.com reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP)

Under pressure from civil rights activists, Amazon.com released the gender and racial make-up of its work force on Friday, revealing its staff is largely white and male.

The technology giant said 63% of its workers and 75% of managers around the world are men.

In the U.S., 60% of the work force is white while 15% is black, 13% is Asian, 9% is Hispanic and 3% is other.

Managers in the U.S. are overwhelmingly white at 71%.

Eighteen percent of managers are Asian, 4% are Hispanic, 4% are black and 3% are other.

Most Amazon workers work in distribution centers so its work force is more diverse than some companies. It’s probably most similar to Apple. Most Apple employees in the U.S. work in retail stores. Apple said in August that 55% of its U.S. staff is white, while 15% is Asian, 11% is Hispanic and 7% is black.

Amazon did not disclose the racial or gender breakdown for technical workers as all other technology companies have.

Amazon.com said it has affinity groups to represent various groups inside the company and promote diversity.

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SOURCE: Jessica Guynn 
USATODAY

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