Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s Diversity Statistics Show a Problem Not Quite as Bad as Reported

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) as well as the broader tech industry gets a lot of flak in the media for perceived problems with diversity. As we often hear, the tech industry is one dominated by white males, especially at its upper hierarchies. According to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s own internal human resource statistics of their nearly 100,000 employees, the problem may not be quite so dire, taking into account other factors, though it is still one that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s CEO Tim Cook is not satisified with.

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The statistics show that 55% of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s employees are white, with 15% being Asian, 11% Hispanic, and 9% black. That 55% figure is actually much less than the 72% figure of all Americans that are white, so if anything there are less whites working at Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) than there theoretically should be. In leadership positions within the company the figure rises to 64%, a notable rise, but still less than the overall white population in the U.S. Asians also see a rise in leadership to 21%, while Hispanics and blacks make up just 9% collectively.

The real diversity problem, however, shows up in gender. Out of the total number of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s employees, 70% are male and 72% of leadership positions are staffed by males. Again, these statistics are likely somewhat misleading, as a higher percentage of the male population works full time, and men are also more likely to be interested in science and technology careers than females. Still, the numbers could reasonably be a little more balanced, perhaps 60% to 40%.

“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”, wrote Cook in the report.

The report also stressed that diversity comes in many other forms, including sexuality and relating to physical disabilities, and though these statistics aren’t measured, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is cognizant of being diverse in those areas as well.

“Together, we are committed to diversity within our company and the advancement of equality and human rights everywhere”, the CEO of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) concluded.

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