Apple Releases Employee Diversity Report, 7 out of 10 Workers Are Male, 55% White
August 12, 2014 § Leave a comment
Following in the footsteps of several other major tech companies, Apple has released a diversity report on the sex and race of its employees (via Re/code). As is common in the tech industry, the majority of Apple’s workforce is male — only three out of 10 employees around the globe are female. Broken down, males compose 65 percent of non-tech workers, 80 percent of tech workers, and 72 percent of Apple’s leadership.
In the United States, across tech, leadership, and non-tech, Apple’s workers are 55 percent white, 15 percent Asian, 11 percent Hispanic, and 7 percent Black. Nine percent of workers declined to state their ethnicity, one percent selected other, and two percent listed more than one race.
According to CEO Tim Cook, he is unhappy with Apple’s diversity numbers and says Apple is working to improve them.
Apple is committed to transparency, which is why we are publishing statistics about the race and gender makeup of our company. Let me say up front: As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page. They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them. We are making progress, and we’re committed to being as innovative in advancing diversity as we are in developing our products.
During his tenure as CEO, Cook has taken steps towards improving Apple’s diversity by boosting Apple’s female leadership. Cook hired Angela Ahrendts as the head of retail and Susan Wagner was recently added to Apple’s board, joining existing female board member Andrea Jung. Cook has also overseen the hire of Lisa Jackson, who oversees the company’s environmental affairs, and the promotion of Denise Young Smith to head of human resources. Apple is a sponsor of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, which aims to get women involved in technology.
In its report, Apple suggests that its company diversity beliefs go beyond race and gender, pointing to its involvement in the Human Rights Campaign. Under Cook, Apple has supported the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which lobbied to add lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to the U.S.’s existing nondiscrimination law. Apple also recently participated in San Francisco’s Gay Pride event and the company has long had protections for its LGBT employees.
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