Tesla Declared That People With Color Hold Just 4% Its U.S. Leadership Roles

Employees with color make up just 4% of Tesla Inc’s American leadership roles and 10% of its total workforce in the country, the electric carmaker has revealed in its first U.S. diversity report. Women comprise 17% of the company’s U.S. leadership roles – directors and vice presidents – and 21% of the overall workforce, according to the report. The numbers for Asian, Black and Hispanic people combined are 33% and 60%.

Tesla made clear that leadership roles were a “very small cohort”, or less than 0.4%, of its workforce.  Elon Musk’s Tesla, acknowledged the lack of representation. “We know that our numbers do not represent the deep talent pools of Black and African American talent that exist in the U.S at every level – from high-school graduates to professionals,” it said in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Impact Report.

It added, “While women are historically underrepresented in the tech and automotive industries, we recognize we have work to do in this area.” Tesla said it had arranged to increase representation of all under-represented groups next year and would be recruiting at historically Black colleges and universities.

Nasdaq Inc filed a proposal with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday that, if approved, would obligate all Nasdaq-listed companies to adopt new rules associated to board diversity.