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11/02/2014 03:54 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Mostly White, Mostly Male Amazon Publishes Diversity Report

E-commerce giant Amazon has revealed that the company is a lot like its tech industry peers: mostly male and predominantly white.

On Friday, Amazon published a long-awaited report on diversity showing that the company's global workforce is 63 percent male and 37 percent female, while 75 percent of managers are male.

Domestically, 60 percent of Amazon employees are white, 15 percent are black, 13 percent are Asian and 9 percent are Hispanic, according to the report. Again, 75 percent of Amazon managers are white.

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The company has been under pressure from civil rights leaders and organizations. Jessie Jackson of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, one of the networks advocating for diversity disclosures, told The Seattle Times last week that Amazon's all-white senior leadership and board are "skewed toward white-male supremacy.”

“Their general work force data released by Amazon seems intentionally deceptive, as the company did not include the race or gender breakout of their technical work force,” Rainbow PUSH wrote in a statement to The New York Times published Friday. “The broad assumption is that a high percentage of their black and Latino employees work in their warehouses.”

Amazon did not immediately respond to The Huffington Post's request for comment.

The company's report is the latest in a series of recent tech-industry diversity disclosures, including ones from Twitter and Apple, both of which also reported an abundance of men and white people.

However, Amazon has come under particular fire because unlike those other companies, it is not revealing the racial and gender breakdown of its technical employees, instead offering only the numbers for its general workforce.

Amazon's report details some of the ways the company is trying to increase diversity among its 150,000 workers, including professional development groups for minorities, investments in STEM education and a program to help employees pay for college.

"We are working to develop leaders and shape future talent pools to help us meet the needs of our customers around the world," the report says.

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