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Here’s Apple first report on Diversity under the new Diversity and Inclusion VP

We now have the first diversity and inclusion report at Apple, ever since the company appointed Denise Young Smith as the company’s VP of Diversity and Inclusion last May. (If you like, you may say Apple’s first diversity report since business mogul Donald Trump became POTUS)

What do the numbers say?

Well, Apple is still predominantly white and male, with women making up just 32% of the headcounts among the company’s staff worldwide. The company is also 54% white (two percent down from last year, 13% Hispanic (one percent up) 9% Black (no change), 21% Asian (two percent up), 3% multiracial (one percent up) and 1% other races (no change).

Apple says that in the period between July 2016 and July 2017, half of new staff hired in the U.S. were from usually underrepresented groups; women, Native Americans, Black, Native Hawaiian, Hispanic, and other Pacific Islanders. No doubt that Apple’s new hire has more diversity than its current list of employees. Take, for instance, 11% of Apple’s new hire is Black; compared with the 9% of the company’s Black staffer already employed.

How’s Apple doing compared to other tech companies?

Apple is actually doing better on diversity and inclusion than most other big tech companies; it has more Black and Hispanic staffers. Although some of them are in lower-paying retail roles.

8% of Apple retail business are Hispanic staffers, while Blacks makes up 13%, Asian 7%, and White 57%.

At the helm of leadership position, Apple is still predominantly White and male making up 66%, with Hispanic accounting for 3%, Blacks 3% and just under 1% are multi-racial. Leadership diversity at Apple has been somewhat a heated topic, with one of the shareholder Tony Maldonado calling upon the company on numerous occasions to implement an “accelerated recruitment policy.”

Maldonado calls have frequently been shot down by the Apple board of directors. The board argues:

It is not necessary or appropriate because we have already demonstrated our commitment to a holistic view of inclusion and diversity and made detailed information about our inclusion and diversity initiatives, and the progress we have made with respect to these initiatives, available on our website at apple.com/diversity.”

Milicent Atieno

Proud Kenyan Citizen, loving everything Tech related.

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