WPP has revealed the results of its first workforce diversity report, hoping that increased transparency will help the company's efforts to create a more racially and ethnically diverse workplace.
The data, which mostly pertains to the U.S. workforce, reveals widespread underrepresentation that becomes increasingly marked in upper management. WPP says it employs around 100,000 people worldwide.
WPP remains overwhelmingly white, with that group making up 68.9% of its overall workforce in 2020. Asians make up the second largest group, at 12%, followed by Hispanic or Latino employees making up 9.9% and Black or African American employees making up only 6.5%.
The differences in diversity become starker at the "management" level, according to the report. In 2020, WPP reported 80.9% of senior/executive-level managers were white, with Asians at only 6.9%, and Hispanic or Latinos at 6.4%. Black or African American employees were the least represented, accounting for only 3.9% of the workforce at that level.