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  • Apple Reportedly Slowly Advancing on Diversity


    Apple’s effort to improve the recruitment of women and minorities in its workforce are slowly paying off according to the company. For those of you who didn’t know, Apple hopes that other corporations will follow its lead in both diversity and transparency as a result. As of right now, Apple plans to release its next diversity report this summer but before then, human resources chief Denise Young Smith spoke with Fortune to discuss the progress the company has made. She ended up revealing that roughly 35% of Apple’s recruits are currently women and that the company has been increasingly hiring African-Americans and Hispanic candidates. Last year, in comparison, Apple’s overall employee base was roughly 70% male, 30% female and revealed that new recruiting efforts were starting to tip the balance.

    These changes were all made after Apple pledged to give more details on the diversity of its workforce. The company’s current workforce is overwhelmingly male and white, something that Tim Cook said has to improve. Cook wrote the following in a letter to employees last year:

    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.
    As part of its efforts, the company also backed these efforts financially by investing more than $50 million into a number of nonprofit organizations intended to increase the presence of women, minorities and veterans working in the technology industry. The Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the National Center for Women and Information Technology are among the organizations that are being supported.

    We’ll have to wait and see how much Apple has diversified when the company releases their next diversity report.

    Source: Fortune
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Reportedly Slowly Advancing on Diversity started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. turdsmoka's Avatar
      turdsmoka -
      Apple's first black employee, pictured above.
    1. kalpesh78's Avatar
      kalpesh78 -
      Quote Originally Posted by turdsmoka View Post
      Apple's first black employee, pictured above.
      They already have a gay person leading the company.. so I'm guessing all else will follow.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Yeah, I watched about a dozen WWDC session videos this year and saw quite a few women—one of them transitioning—and no black people. I'm not sure why they're ignoring the racial gap in high-level positions (not even stating the numbers in this article), but at least they're making progress, I guess.