Diversity just doesn’t seem to be Silicon Valley’s forte, but some of the largest tech companies in the U.S. have released employment statistics in order to spur diversity growth. First it was Google, then it was Yahoo and LinkedIn, and now Apple has released numbers saying that its global workforce is predominantly male and predominantly white.
Apple released a post on the company website on August 12 detailing the gender and racial breakdowns of their workforce. 55 percent of Apple’s employees are white, while the next highest racial group is Asian at 15 percent. Meanwhile, 70 percent of the company’s workforce worldwide is male.
The differences become even more pronounced when looking at the company’s leadership. Apple reports that 64 percent of its leadership is white, and 72 percent of its leadership is male.
“Let me say up front: As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page,” Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in the blog post accompanying the statistics. “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.”
Cook detailed some of the efforts that Apple is taking to increase diversity in the company, including working to bring technology to economically disadvantaged schools and sponsoring technology-based learning programs for underrepresented segments of the population. Apple also promoted Sue Wagner to the company’s board of directors in July.
“All around the world, our team at Apple is united in the belief that being different makes us better. We know that each generation has a responsibility to build upon the gains of the past, expanding the rights and freedoms we enjoy to the many who are still striving for justice,” Cook said.
The numbers are nothing new — 70 percent is the proportion of male employees at Google as well — but the releases represent uncommon transparency for the technology sector. And judging from statements by Cook and other technology industry executives, diversity in hiring is a subject that will not go away any time soon.