Apple has released its first ever report on the diversity of its workforce today, revealing what we’ve all known for year: it’s mostly a bunch of white dudes.
Diversity is still a work in progress at Apple, but the company says its report does show some progress as currently 70% of its global workforce are men.
Silicon Valley companies such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo have also released similar diversity reports after facing pressure to be more transparent about the the lack of gender and ethnic diversity among the world’s top tech companies.
Along with pushing Apple to have innovative products Tim Cook says that Apple’s diversity numbers also need work:
“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.”
In the U.S., 55% of Apple employees are white, while Asians constitute the second largest ethnicity of the workforce at 15%. Hispanics account for 11%, while only 7% identify as Black and 9% did not declare an ethnicity.
Ethnicity and gender aren’t the only areas of diversity Apple focuses on according to the report though, as the company has played a role in the LGBT rights movement with prominent appearances at San Francisco’s Gay Pride parade this year.
- Source Apple