Apple and diversity

Tiffany Paczek
10 November, 2017
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Apple has released its latest annual diversity report, proclaiming, “Humanity is plural, not singular. The best way the world works is everybody in. Nobody out.” The report is the first since the role of vice president of Inclusion and Diversity was created for former HR head Denise Young Smith. It highlights the key data points and comparisons between the current figures and those of three years ago.

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Since the first report was released in 2014, Apple has increased its percentage of global female employees by two percent, but men still make up 68 percent of its global workforce. Apple says, “Diverse teams make innovation possible. Our female representation is steadily increasing, and we’re proud of the progress we’re making.” Of its leaders, 29 percent are women, reflecting a one percent increase from July 2016 to July 2017, and throughout that same period, the percentage of female leaders who are under 30 increased by three percent. “Our future generation of leaders includes an even greater percentage of women,” the company says. “Twenty-nine percent of leaders at Apple are women, and 39 percent of our leaders under 30 are women.”

Apple has also been hiring from traditionally underrepresented and marginalised groups.”Diversity is our future,” it says. “We’re working hard to include more diverse perspectives.” From July 2016, half of Apple’s new hires in the US were from historically underrepresented groups in technology – women, Black, Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Island groups.

Additionally, Apple calls itself a ‘multigenerational company’ and employs people ranging from 18 to 85 years of age. It has also taken a stand on sexual diversity. “LGBTQ rights are human rights,” Apple says. “People should not be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We’re honoured to be rated one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and to have received a perfect score on its Corporate Equality Index for 15 consecutive years.

“In 2017, we dedicated a portion of the proceeds from our Pride Edition Apple Watch band to help support the work of GLSEN, PFLAG, The Trevor Project, and ILGA. And we use our voice to advocate for LGBTQ rights and freedom around the world.”

Apple has released a video about inclusion and diversity in the company, and it can be viewed here.

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