Apple diversity report reveals company is 55 percent white

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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.

  • dcj001

    “Apple diversity report reveals company is TK percent white male”

    What the xxxx is TK percent, Buster?

  • Bill Hutchison

    Headline says 70% white; body of story says 70% men, 55% white. My suggestion? Pick one and stick with it.

  • agno

    if apple is 55% white then they are doing a much better job at diversity than the us population

  • Ad Rock

    65% of the country is white….. so Apple has clearly done a spectacular job of having a workforce representative of the diversity of the nation.

    • Zach Smith

      Sounds to me like they are discriminating against white people.

  • herbaled

    I’m curious what percentage of Apple’s job applicants are white and women. Can’t hire them if they don’t want to work there.

  • DarthDisney

    What the fuck do people want, a company more diverse than the country is resides in? Fucking racists, stop already. This should be lauded for their achievements, not condemned because for idiotic reasons.

    However, we do need more women there… but the overall problem is Silicon Valley doesn’t have enough women!

    • Throndson

      Why is not having enough women in Silicon Valley a problem? Seriously, maybe women aren’t into tech. Or maybe there are other jobs out there that women are more into than being the next Silicon Valley success. We don’t need more women because if women wanted to insert themselves into the tech game, they would. There isn’t anything out there stopping them from working on the next big hit from a logistical standpoint or even a social standpoint.

      Men and women have had certain roles throughout history. Granite, there has been a change in that over the past one hundred years or so. Yet, that doesn’t mean that men and women have to be represented equally in every field and every industry. There are gonna be sexual rift in whatever occupation you go to apply in. Some industries will have more men working while others will have more women working in them. And guess what? Those areas are more times successful than not. Not because of the sexes represented, but by the hard working people who contribute to those fields.

  • Morgan Nelson

    Apples Diversity report is MUCH better than that of the NBA. So does that make the NBA racist, bigoted or intolerant? Come on – these race/gender-baiting articles are useless and promote racial/gender issues rather than helping them.

    • dero

      Where in the article is the charges of racism being made? This is an article about diversity. 55% white does not constitute diverse.

      • Zach Smith

        What does constitute “diverse?” The white population of the United States is larger than 55%, so whites are underrepresented at Apple.

  • hoosieratarian

    Why can’t anyone just hire the best people regardless of what color or gender they are?

    • Jrodd

      Hopefully that is what they do. At least that number isn’t 70-80% I think things are going alright.

  • Steve_Sava

    once again focusing on the issues that don’t mean a thing.. Hire a person based on talent… End of discussion.. I don’t care what color or race or sexual preference any one has, just do the job.. This is the problem in America – worried about the silliest things. Get your populous working – don’t worry about the who/what they are – just work..

  • Patrick Phillips

    Shocking! In other shocking news, gays are favored disproportionately within the fashion industry, while the hip-hop music scene is unfairly employing blacks at a higher rate than southeast asians.

    Apple’s demographic looks like it mirrors the population within the UC system. Wow, I guess we’re supposed to be offended.

  • mahadragon

    Something with these numbers that doesn’t jibe with reality. You don’t have the CEO saying that he’s not satisfied with these numbers and that they have been working to change things for quite some time if there wasn’t a problem.

    I think in the corporate world, Apple is probably mostly white. The 55% they threw out probably represents Apple employees in the retail space as well which would definitely skew things more representative towards the general population.

    Satya Nadella is Indian and heads Microsoft. If you’ve been to Microsoft headquarter in Redmond, english is a second language over there. Granted, most of these people are HB1’s, but they all look the same: Indian, backpack, blue jeans, running shoes, glasses.

    Marissa Meyer is head of Yahoo, Ginni Rommety is head of IBM, Meg Whitman is head of HP, etc. There seems to be more diversity to me in the corporate ranks of high tech companies. Apple definitely seems to lag in this category.

  • http://www.designstrategies.com Len Williams

    I heartily disagree with judgements for hiring based on race and/or gender, according to some sort of quota system. Hire the best people for the job that are available and be done with it, and completely disregard race and gender. To do otherwise is to engage in “politically correct” racism, where the value of a person’s knowledge, capability and skills are all secondary in importance to their race and gender, which is ridiculous.

  • Zach Smith

    What does a company that is 100% diverse look like?

    • allahu.snackbar

      Bankrupt.

  • PMB01

    Why is everyone trumpeting for transparency? These companies hire who is qualified for the job. Ever think that maybe the minority candidates just aren’t as qualified? This whole issue is dumb.

  • Rhino1515

    Wow. Clickbait much, Cult of Mac? Per Wiki and the most recent US Census: “Whites (including Hispanics who identified as white) constitute the majority, with a total of 223,553,265, or 72.4% of the population.”
    It would seem Apple is doing a great job at diversity if only 55% of their employees is white. (In fact, some will probably read this and think, “Hey! They’re discriminating against whites!” Which I’m guessing is not the case.)

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