Apple diversity report shows the company is still white and male

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Apple is pledging to do more on the diversity front.
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Apple’s new video published this afternoon is a celebration of diversity, but according to a recent government filing, the company still has a long way to go before it can really call itself inclusive.

Over 80% of Apple’s senior ranking officials are white males, based on Apple’s updated Inclusion and Diversity report. Most of the numbers are stagnant compared to 2016, but there are a few spots to be proud of.

From July 2016 to July 2017, more than half of all Apple’s new hires were either Asian, Black, Hispanic or multi-racial. Apple says it has also increased female representation in the company by 2 percentage points since 2014 by hiring 37,000 women.

Apple’s younger workers are the most diverse group at the company. Underrepresented minorities in the US make up 31% of the company’s workforce while 39% of leaders under 30 at Apple are women, verses 29% overall.

Even though Apple hasn’t made huge changes it notes that even small percentage points in change effects thousands of people because it has 130,000 employees.

“Meaningful change takes time. We’re proud of our accomplishments, but we have much more work to do. As we strive to do better, Apple will remain open. As it always has been. And always will be.”

  • Tommy

    AND . . . . here we go again. News flash – Tim Cook – he’s a gay man. He is running the world’s most valuable company. If I’m not mistaken, Federighi – Italian. Ahrendts – a woman. So freaking what if most of the people running Apple are male and white. The work place isn’t equal and another news flash – it shouldn’t be. THE MOST QUALIFIED PEOPLE are who get the position.

    If you have detailed, verifiable proud that Apple actively keeps women as ND men of color from advancing, bring it. Otherwise, is it possible, just maybe a sliver of chance that most higher up positions at Apple are filled with highly capable people? Should Apple let them go and fill that position just for the sake of putting in a person of color?!

    You people that just HAVE TO HAVE a diverse “this” and diverse “that” are bringing America to it’s knees. Take that crap and jam it up your butt. It doesn’t fly in the real world.

    • I’m a minority and I approve this message.

      • bIg hIlL

        I second that

    • Dentista

      I think that someone who thinks that being “Italian equals to being diverse,” should refrain from giving an opinion. Craig Federighi was born in the USA… he is American. Judging by his physical features, it’s impossible to affirm that he is anything other than caucasian. Being of Italian descent does not mean you are part of a minority because guess what Tommy? Italians are white… and there are also brown, black, Asian Italians. You should fly there and see it for yourself. Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Lucy Liu, Jenifer Lopez… they are all Americans… are they all the same race?

      Ethnicity and race have NOTHING to do with nationality.

      • Tommy

        So what’s your point? You want people born in another country running everything in America? Diversity WILL happen if you let it. FORCED diversity is fake and you only put unqualified people in positions that they don’t deserve and can’t do. Affirmative Action was a disaster. Anytime you”create” diversity instead of allowing it to happen, you create division.

        Tell me where I’m wrong.

      • bIg hIlL

        I imagine that a large factor of Apple’s strongly publicised positioning is to gain more love from the ethnic and minority groups, to sell more products ultimately. Of course they will be doing it too to aid their friends in high governmental places to diminish lingering racism particularly in their home country, where Afro-Americans for example have had a rough history. Finally with the gay set being promoted lately they too get a publicity boost from the big A of tech LOL

      • chelsea vader

        Well how long do we have to wait for it to happen? Cuz it’s 2017 and we are still waiting

      • Tommy

        HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND???? In 2017, guess what you can be of you’re a minority or a woman? Let’s see . . .

        Congressman
        Senator
        CEO
        Professional athlete
        College athlete
        Head Coach a university
        Head coach of a professional team
        President of a major university
        President of a major hospital
        President of a major corporation

        Dare I say . . .

        PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES – TWO TERM!!!

        Give me a break with your “still waiting for it in 2017” crap. It’s here. YOU have to go get it. NO ONE isn’t going to give anything to you and nor do you deserve it to be handed to you because you’re a minority or woman.

        Get up off your ass and work for it.

      • Dentista

        My point is that you know 0 about race or ethnicity to feel able to pass judgment or even express an opinion. You also know 0 about what diversity means in a sociological sense and how it translates in diversifying the workforce. Bringing diversity to a company doesn’t mean bringing unqualified people. You really want me to believe it’s impossible to find a woman capable of doing the same job as any of the other man in there? Some colleges around the US have existed for longer than a century and many women have graduated since. Affirmative Action, although far from perfect, is better than nothing. Barack Obama is an example. You also need to stop tripping: where in my comment did I say foreigners should run everything in the US?

      • Rahxephon

        “You know 0 about race,” says the person who thinks a nation is not comprised of a single race of people. Hilarious! “You know 0 about diversity,” says the person who demands whites be forced out of their jobs and replaced by other colors because it hurts your feelings that they don’t have success in their own nations (which whites created, built, and gave them). Great going, kiddo. You’re a paragon of irony.

        >>Bringing diversity to a company doesn’t mean bringing unqualified people.

        That’s exactly what it has meant since the foundation of affirmative action, as proven by every study on the subject ever done.

        >>You really want me to believe it’s impossible to find a woman capable of doing the same job as any of the other man in there?

        Yes, given that there are neurological and physiological differences in men and women that are irreconcilable. Women are physically incapable of doing many of the jobs men do. This is unquestionable scientific fact. You know absolutely nothing whatsoever about the topic of discussion.

        >>Some colleges around the US have existed for longer than a century and many women have graduated since.

        What does that have to do with anything?

        >>Affirmative Action, although far from perfect, is better than nothing.

        You have absolutely no idea what you are saying and know nothing about the history of the unconstitutional bill.

        >>You also need to stop tripping

        Irony.

      • Rahxephon

        Hi. Learn what the word ‘nation’ means. Then do not post again because you clearly do not comprehend what ethnicity is or what a nation is. Also, you are not an American if you are born in America. The grandfather clause exists solely for people alive at the country’s foundation and freed slaves. American citizenship requires JUS SOLI and JUS SANGUINIS. Not one or the other. There are not black or Asian Italians, either.

    • chelsea vader

      Lol wanting diversity is what’s bringing America to its knees? We definitely live in two different places

      • Tommy

        No, you read it wrong. Emotion based as usual. Diversity is great. Who the hell is against diversity. FORCED diversity is fake, unwanted and creates division and animosity.

      • roborat

        How do you know it is forced? Looking at the gap between your workforce and the normal population, analysing your hiring patterns, being aware of your inherent bias, addressing inequality and reinforcing inclusion isn’t “forced”. It’s quite obvious you have a shallow, if not extreme, understanding of what diversity programs are all about.

      • Rahxephon

        It’s forced. Every study ever done has shown this.

      • roborat

        How convincing.

        The only people I know who are against diversity are those who are too dumb to know why nobody wants to hire them.

      • Rahxephon

        Yes, so you admit that the purpose of forced diversity policies is racism.

      • roborat

        I guess so if “dumb” is a race. The only thing diversity forces out is dumb people who think they are entitled because of skin color.

      • Rahxephon

        >>The only thing diversity forces out is dumb people who think they are entitled because of skin color.

        No, the exact opposite is true. Affirmative action and other “diversity” policies explicitly force people out because of their skin color. You have absolutely no argument and cannot refute scientific fact.

      • roborat

        the only people forced out are those that cannot compete. look at your average neo-Nazi, white supremacist – completely uneducated, unskilled, unemployable. there’s some nice facts for you.

      • tpatt100

        What is forced? All companies typically do is try to spread recruitment outwards and not stick to colleges/networking like they are used to doing.

        Networking is probably the most important part of recruitment. If a company is primarily white and people tend to associate with people like them then networking will favor the group that is the largest type.

        Due to my military experience my networking opportunity is pretty divers because… the military is diverse. It has worked to my advantage when it comes to networking and given me an advantage over other candidates because the hiring manager was also a veteran. It’s not always being “the best” it’s having more in common with the person sitting across from you in an interview.

        Whenever these articles come out people complain about “forced diversity” there’s nothing forced because if it was it wouldn’t be so dominated by a certain group.

      • Rahxephon

        >>What is forced?

        Hiring for “diversity”; please try to keep up with the discussion or just don’t reply.

        >>All companies typically do is try to spread recruitment outwards and not stick to colleges/networking like they are used to doing.

        That’s not remotely what they do or what is being discussed.

        >>Networking is probably the most important part of recruitment.

        That’s awfully racist of you.

        >>there’s nothing forced because if it was it wouldn’t be so dominated by a certain group.

        Blacks, you mean? Of course it’s forced.

    • roborat

      Let me guess. You’re a white male who have no idea what minorities go through in their daily lives.

      All the sexual harassments on the news by men in some sort of power only shows why this sort of thing is badly needed.

      • Tommy

        Yep. White. Male. Came from a poor family. Parents were divorced. Father and all three brother’s was/is alcoholics and drug addicts. Was a victim of a molestation attempt.

        I didn’t let that crap influence me. I have had to work very hard for the things in my life.

        And thank you very much for the “All the sexual harassments on the news by men in some sort of power only shows why this sort of thing is badly needed.”

        You just said that if “white men” went in charge, the would be no sexual harassment. So apparently, only white males can commit sexual harassment? Awesome. Good job.

      • roborat

        “You just said that if “white men” went in charge, the would be no sexual harassment. So apparently, only white males can commit sexual harassment?

        when did I say that? you’re reading comprehension is terrible.

    • BusterH

      I get what you’re saying and I agree that checking the diversity box just for the sake of diversity isn’t a good business practice. That being said, I think Apple’s employee pool is a reflection of us as a nation where we are enabling white males to succeed better in tech jobs and other areas. The problem needs to be address by opening up educational and job opportunities for ethnic minorities.White people aren’t inherently more qualified or better at tech, they just have a societal advantage and that’s why they make up more of Apple’s work force. That’s starting to change with the upcoming generation though.

    • Brian

      You must be a white male.

      • Tommy

        Yep. White. Grew up poor and downtown Houston with blacks and Hispanics. So you’re right, I know NOTHING about the struggle of minorites.

        And the fact that I served along blacks, whites, Latinos, Japanese, Chinese and many others in the Marine Corps, I have a pretty good idea of what they go through.

        Oh, and there is that other little fact that I manage three churches, one that is soley a Latino church.

        So I think I’ll take a pass on being lectured by some anonymous dude behind a screen who thinks only because I’m a white guy, I couldn’t possibly understand the struggles of other people.

      • Brian

        You’re the one doing the lecturing everyone, like a typical old white dude. lol

      • Tommy

        No, not lecturing. Just tired of this new Bernie Sanders generation where everything should given to you, everything is due you.

        Diversity will happen, especially in today’s world. My point is and has always been, Brian, is that forced diversity will create a mediocre society.

        And your comment, “typical white dude” itself is inherently racist.

        Congratulations, you’ve brought yourself down to my level. Or something.

      • Brian

        Every time there is a report about a company’s efforts to become more diverse, the comments are flooded with white dudes clamoring against it. Every. Single. Time. Thanks for not letting me down.

      • Tommy

        You know what, Brian? You have yet to refute any of the valid points I’ve made. Tell me FACTUALLY where I’m wrong.

        All you’ve done is been accusatory. All you’ve done is been emotional.

        So I guess we’re two for two. I’m the typical white male who is “unconnected and in disbelief” and you’re the typical young leftist who’s every argument is emotion based, void of facts and reason.

        Hooray for us.

      • Brian

        Your assumption that all the white males who run Apple are “highly capable” and “the most qualified” while any minorities they hire in an effort to be more diverse are unqualified and simply have the job “given to them”… is repugnant and deserves ridicule.

        But while we’re on the subject of backing up claims with facts, would you mind putting your money where your mouth is? You’ve made several extraordinary claims on this thread, and I would appreciate more information.

        How are efforts like Apple’s to become more diverse “bringing America to its knees” (and what does that even mean exactly)? How will companies efforts to become more diverse create a mediocre society (and what does that mean exactly?) Facts only, please, no personal anecdotes, and cite your sources. Thanks.

      • Rahxephon

        >>Your assumption that all the white males who run Apple are “highly capable” and “the most qualified”

        Prove they are not.

        >>while any minorities they hire in an effort to be more diverse are unqualified

        No one said that. You need to learn how to read, racist.

        >>How will companies efforts to become more diverse create a mediocre society?

        A nation and a race are conceptually identical, there is no such thing as a multi-racial nation, only a multi-racial empire, 100% of which have collapsed and collapsed in a consistent way, through barbarian invasions and the breakdown of the economy due to parasitism. All of human history proves this.

      • Rahxephon

        Reported for racism. Go away, please.

      • Brian

        yeah, good luck with that

      • Rahxephon

        Nice racism, kid.

  • Rahxephon

    Good. And? Literally nothing wrong with that.

    • Brian

      Apple disagrees, obviously.

      • Rahxephon

        Yeah, see, they don’t disagree. No one cares about what you have to say, racist.

  • what is PLOTH

    A few spots to be proud of?? Like hiring based on knowledge experience or expertise instead of looking at gender or background.

    God only made one race of humans, all this inclusivity talk only brings division and stupidity.

    • chelsea vader

      And yet racism still exists so what’s your point?

      • Tommy

        Racism will always exist. Unfortunately. It sucks, I know. As long as there is man walking this planet, there will be racism. It is the evil in men’s hearts.

        We have to deal with it rationally and logically. The answer is not to create forced diversity, though.

      • Rahxephon

        You have absolutely no idea what racism is, so why don’t you run along until you do?

    • Rahxephon

      God explicitly separated the races. You should probably go read the Bible again.

      • Brian

        god doesn’t exist, dude jfc

      • Rahxephon

        Cry some more, racist. You have no idea what we’re discussing.

  • chelsea vader

    My main problem with these diversity initiatives is that they don’t start at the base level so that the hiring pool can be diverse. Though no particular fault of Apple or any other company, just that this is only but a bandaid for the lack of opportunity in the tech world besides Asian and white

    • Rahxephon

      What lack of opportunity is there when nonwhites are taken into college before whites? I’ll wait for your “explanation”.

  • roborat

    It’s a rhetorical statement that’s probably gone over your head. Then again, I don’t expect much from those who think diversity disadvantage them.

    • Rahxephon

      No, you don’t get to cover up your racism by claiming it was a rhetorical statement, kiddo.

  • Rahxephon

    Yes, they don’t do what you want, racist.