Apple works on workforce diversity.
New statistics from Apple show that the tech giant has made progress toward increasing its workforce’s racial and gender diversity, but only by just a hair.
On Apple’s website, the company said that 11 percent of its new U.S. hires within the past year were black, 13 percent were Latino and 19 percent were Asian. More than half of all Apple employees, 54 percent, identify as white.
Regarding gender diversity, 35 percent of Apple’s new hires globally were women. Overall, that brings Apple’s gender percentages to 69 percent men and 31 percent women; last year, the company reported that the percentages were 70 percent to 30 percent, respectively.
The least-diverse section of Apple’s staff is its leadership, as is the case with many technology firms. The company said that 72 percent of employees in leadership roles are men and 63 percent are white.
The new numbers reveal that the company’s hiring increased the percentage of black employees at the firm by 1 percentage point from the company’s 2014 report, while the percentage of Asian employees went up by 3 percentage points. The number for Latino employees remained flat, at 11 percent.
There are signs of hope, then, for diversity advocates. A message on the company’s website said that Apple had “hired more diverse candidates” in the past 12 months than in any other year to date.
Apple also has committed publicly to including historically black colleges in its recruiting pipeline, for example. Along with several other tech companies, Apple has sponsored several programs to get girls interested in technology fields.
Apple’s board, however, did vote lastweek to reject aproposal to institute an “accelerated recruitment policy” at the firm that would target minority groups that are underrepresented at the firm, saying that it would be too difficult to implement.
“We believe that the proposal is unduly burdensome and not necessary because Apple has demonstrated to shareholders its commitment to inclusion and diversity, which are core values for our company” the company’s board said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
AppleCEOTimCook, second fromright, and vice president CherylThomas talkWednesday with an employee during a visit to an Apple Store inNewYork. Mark Lennihan, The Associated Press