How Do You Measure Multiracial People?

June 6, 2013 4:32 pm

Ask DiversityInc: How Do You Measure Multiracial People?We select The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity based entirely on data—including data about race and ethnicity in the Human Capital portion of the survey. When people do not fit squarely into the categories white, Black, Latino, Asian or American Indian, the catchall “Other” fails to reflect the growing number of multiracial members of today’s U.S. workforce. Starting with the 2014 survey, DiversityInc will evolve our metrics to better align with the mandatory reporting requirements imposed on most companies by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and will add the category “Two or More Races.”

Here are some important statistics:

    • Between 2000 and 2010, the number of people in the U.S. identifying as two or more races rose by more than 2 million, an increase of 32 percent, according to Census data.



  • The EEOC, which collects workforce data from employers with more than 100 employees, added a new category for “Two or More Races” to its workforce reporting form EEO-1, effective 2007.




  • The EEOC reported that in 2011, 500,875 workers were reported as “Two or More Races” compared with 229,958 reported in 2007, an increase of 118 percent.




  • According to the EEOC, a “Two Question Format” should be used by employers: First, ask if an employee is Hispanic or Latino (ethnicity), and second, ask what race or races the employee considers himself or herself to be.




  • The EEOC instructs that those identifying as Hispanic or Latino should not also be counted in the categories white, Black or African-American, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, or Two or More Races. This diverges from the U.S. Census approach, which allows multiple races to be selected by one person.