Ap­ple works on work­force di­ver­sity.

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Hay­ley Tsukayama

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

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