Following in the footsteps of other high-tech companies, Apple today released a report detailing employee diversity across the company.
Some of the more noteworthy data includes the following information compiled from Apple's 98,000-strong employee base.
Overall, 55% of Apple employees are White, 15% are Asian, 11% are Hispanic, and 7% are Black. Within tech oriented positions, the numbers shift a tad, with White employees holding 54% of positions and Asians holding 23% of positions. With respect to leadership positions within the company, 64% of employees are White, 21% are Asian, 6% are Hispanic, and 3% are Black.
With respect to gender, the divide is 70% male and 30% female. The numbers skew a bit more when looking solely at tech positions where males account for 80% of positions.
The report was accompanied by a note from Tim Cook, which reads in part:
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.
Inclusion and diversity have been a focus for me throughout my time at Apple, and they're among my top priorities as CEO. I'm proud to work alongside the many senior executives we've hired and promoted in the past few years, including Eddy Cue and Angela Ahrendts, Lisa Jackson and Denise Young-Smith. The talented leaders on my staff come from around the world, and they each bring a unique point of view based on their experience and heritage. And our board of directors is stronger than ever with the addition of Sue Wagner, who was elected in July.
Also worth mentioning is that Cook explains that diversity at Apple extends far beyond race, gender, and ethnicity. At Apple, Cook adds, diversity includes "personal qualities that usually go unmeasured, like sexual orientation, veteran status, and disabilities."
With Tim Cook committed to improving company-wide diversity going forward, Julia Love of the San Jose Mercury News relays that Jesse Jackson applauded Cook's candid remarks.
Just talked to Jesse Jackson, who pointed out #Apple's diversity stats are better than those of other tech co's who've gone public so far.- Julia Love (@byJuliaLove) August 12, 2014