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Facebook shares its unconscious bias training

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Facebook shares its unconscious bias training

Facebook has shared the training it gives staff to help them recognise and combat unconscious bias.

COO Sheryl Sandberg shared the social media company’s approach in a blog post after requests from people outside the business.

Sandberg explained the advantage gained through hiring a diverse team: “Diversity is central to Facebook’s mission of creating a more open and connected world.

“To reflect the diversity of the 1.4 billion people using our products, we need to have people with different backgrounds, races, genders and points of view working at Facebook.

“Diverse teams have better results, so this is not only the right thing to do – it’s also good for our business.”

The company, along with much of Silicon Valley, has struggled with diversity. It’s latest figures, released in June show that 55% are white Americans while black and Hispanic workers made up just two and four per cent of their staff respectively.

The presentation, which includes contributions from Lori Goler, VP of People, contains videos and slides.

Sandberg concluded: “Managing bias can help us build stronger, more diverse and inclusive companies — and drive better business results.

“At Facebook, we’ve worked with leading researchers to develop a training course that helps people recognize how bias can affect them, and gives them tools to interrupt and correct for bias when they see it in the workplace.”

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VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please email [email protected] for more information.

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