diversity

As promised, Apple has released a report on the diversity of its workforce today. The iPad maker is the latest tech firm to post such data in response to the growing debate on whether or not women and minorities are underrepresented in Silicon Valley.

Accompanying Apple’s report is a letter from Tim Cook, who says he’s not happy with the numbers, but says the company is making progress. Of its employees here in the US, 55% are white, and around the world, 7 out of every 10 of its employees are male…

Here’s a breakdown of all the numbers:

apple data

And here’s an excerpt from Cook’s letter:

At Apple, our 98,000 employees share a passion for products that change people’s lives, and from the very earliest days we have known that diversity is critical to our success. We believe deeply that inclusion inspires innovation.

Our definition of diversity goes far beyond the traditional categories of race, gender, and ethnicity. It includes personal qualities that usually go unmeasured, like sexual orientation, veteran status, and disabilities. Who we are, where we come from, and what we’ve experienced influence the way we perceive issues and solve problems. We believe in celebrating that diversity and investing in it.

Apple is committed to transparency, which is why we are publishing statistics about the race and gender makeup of our company. Let me say up front: As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page. 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 has been very vocal on the topic of diversity, and has added several woman to Apple’s upper ranks including EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, who is now SVP of retail, and Sue Wagner, the company’s latest board member.

Here’s a video Apple just posted to its YouTube page on diversity, which is narrated by Denise Young-Smith, who Tim Cook recently appointed as his VP of Human Resources:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjjzJiX4uZo

Cook wraps up the letter by saying “All around the world, our team at Apple is united in the belief that being different makes us better.Together, we are committed to diversity within our company and the advancement of equality and human rights everywhere.”

To view the full report, click here.

  • Adam

    I thought the numbers would be skewed even more white male. Anyone know what the averages are for tech companies or Silicon Valley.

    • Todd Sorensen

      They should be hiring more whites if you all want racial quotas. The US is about 64% white non-Hispanic. Apple has hired 55% whites in the US.

      • R4

        These numbers shouldn’t matter. They should just hire those who will do the best job and that should be the only thing that they should look at.

      • and the EEOC is 20% white males. The whole thing is a joke.

    • Guest

      Diversity is code word for anti-white, which you prove with your racist comment.

      You shouldn’t care about people’s skin color but their character. But your racist so…

  • Des

    So 62.5% of their entire workforce are white males. Not very diverse at all.

    • Which is exactly why Tim Cook says the following:

      Let me say up front: As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page. 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.

      By publishing these reports Apple, the media and the general public will be able to see the strides (if any) Apple is making. They might not be very diverse right now but their unlikely to get less diverse and can only improve year upon year…

  • Guest

    The ethnicity shouldn’t even matter in the first place. What really matters are the qualifications and traits the employee has. Not race or gender.

    • It does matter, this country has some serious equality issues. I am sure there are blacks, asians, and indians that are very tech savvy, but denied an opportunity due to his/her race.
      Why is it there are more male than females, another equality issue and it’s not just with Apple.
      You might think it’s bogus pulling the race card, but it exist.

      • Todd Sorensen

        Apple discriminates against whites in the US if you go by the percent of their US workforce vs. the percent of the US population. Whine all you want, but it’s more like racism against whites.

      • Rowan09

        Racism against whites in America especially. Come on now.

      • Guest

        Diversity is code word for anti-white.

  • PK070205

    Hire the best person regardless of color. It’s not the white man holding down the “man”. I’m so sick of this BS! The diversity crowd should worry about getting there kids to finish high school.

  • Capirexz

    Offtopic, Seriously? apple store?

  • RarestName

    Why does this look anti-white to me?

    • PK070205

      Really seriously

      • RarestName

        Really seriously.

      • PK070205

        Are the diversity promoters calling for a meritocratic hiring approach based on ability or are they essentially calling for a police state?

        Sadly, the diversity “battle cries” coming from the likes of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and all the minions are leading to the balkanization of this country and a new generation “victims”.

    • Jason Baroni

      You have to fight for your human rights in your life?

      • RarestName

        No?

      • Jason Baroni

        Do you?

      • RarestName

        No

  • leart

    I am WHITE, I am proud, and I love my race.

    • Disasterpiece

      Good for you!! Hitler loved Nazis!!

  • leart

    heres a picture to get a idea fast why the white race is not allowed to be proud

  • regkilla

    and about only 5% are hispanics.

  • Decio Arruda

    I just hope it doesn’t become like Universities. Some universities if not all accept people from a different ethnic race sometimes not because they’re better than the other one but sometimes because they need more people of a certain ethnic group.

  • brooks whiffen seale

    The reason Apple has been going down in quality isn’t because Jobs died, it’s because Tim Cook trusted women with important top level jobs.

  • Chun-Li aka ThunderThighs

    Seems racist. I have plenty of black, and Hispanics friends who want to work for Apple and fill out applications praying to get pick. This just shows Apple’s true colors of who they have looking at these applications. Sad

    • n0ahcruz3

      Why is it racist? If 100% of their employees were caucasian then u have a case. But its not.

  • White Michael Jackson

    Good.

  • Mads Teland

    I did find Eddy Cue on this video.

    • Jason Baroni

      I spy that too

  • Mark Babatunde

    As an African American teen planning to study Computer Science in college, I’m glad companies in Silicon Valley are opening up about their diversity in certain sectors of their company. Now that we understand that Silicon Valley isn’t as diverse as we hoped, I hope more minorities and women start studying and fine-tuning their CS skills so that they have the opportunity to become some of the best software developers at Apple, Google, Facebook, etc.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Why is this a big deal again? The company is doing great. They must be doing something right. Im asian, pacific islander. People concerned about this issue makes me laugh. There are more important things to worry about like the ebola outbreak in africa, israel, iraq etc. Where people are dying, than worrying about a company’s diversity.

  • Disasterpiece

    I’m more disappointed that 70% of their workforce is male than anything. The world is comprised of 56% women… and most women I know own iPhones (and drive Toyotas)