Facebook has started to implement a rule requiring at least one minority candidate to be considered for open positions, in order to increase the diversity in its workforce.
The rule, similar to the “Rooney Rule” used in American Football, and planned to be introduced by the Football League in the UK, is aimed at increasing diversity at the Social Networking firm.
According to Bloomberg, the rule went into effect in some Facebook departments over the past few months. If the rule helps increase the presence of people who are black, Latino or otherwise minorities, it will be implemented across the firm. A spokeswoman for Facebook, Genevieve Grdina, confirmed the push, while declining to comment further to Bloomsberg.
The Social Media giant is set to release its workforce diversity statistics soon, having declared for a second year in a row that more work is needed to increase the presence of women and minorities. Last year, Facebook said that 94 per cent of its technical workforce were white or Asian, with women made up 15 per cent of the technical roles. The company has more than 10,000 employees.
Other technology companies including Apple Inc. and Google Inc. are also looking at ways to address the issue with new recruiting methods, retention strategies and funding of nonprofit groups that help increase the pipeline of candidates.
Pinterest engineer Tracy Chou told a recent Bloomberg Technology Conference in San Francisco that while quotas may be controversial, a Rooney Rule at technology companies would help ensure that diverse candidates are at least being considered.