Report Reveals Inconsistency with Apple’s Workplace Diversity Claims

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Apple Inc. recently released its latest Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO-1) report, showing only a slight increase in the diversity of its workforce from year to year. The raw data conflicts with previous statements made by Apple CEO Tim Cook claiming that the company hired more diverse employees than in prior years.

In a statement posted to the company’s diversity Web page in August, Apple claimed to have hired more than 11,000 women globally between 2014 and 2015, indicating a 65 percent increase over the previous year. The post also said that the company’s U.S. employment for African American’s increased 50 percent, and that Hispanic and Latino hires were up 66 percent. 

However, the EEO-1 report shows only a slight increase in the number of diverse employees hired at Apple in the last year. Specifically, it shows that the company saw less than a 1 percent increase in female hires and hired only half of the number of African Americans it claimed to. The report also showed an increase of 29 percent for employees who identify as Asian, and the number of Latino or Hispanic employees increased by 24 percent.

Apple commented on the report, saying, “[The EEO-1] is not how we measure our progress. [It] has not kept pace with changes in industry or the American workforce over the past half century. We believe the information we report elsewhere on this site is a far more accurate reflection of our progress toward diversity.”

 Apple’s senior management team, which is largely made up of white men, saw even less of an impact in terms of diversity. Women currently hold 18 positions on senior management teams, while men hold 73. The report revealed that the overall diversity of the company’s management team remained virtually unchanged due to similar growth in the number of white hires between 2014 and 2015. 

Due to the lack of diversity in management at Apple, a proposal was submitted to the company in hopes of casting a vote to increase “people of color” in management positions. Though Apple chose to include the proposal in its upcoming shareholder meeting, a proxy statement advised a vote against the proposition, saying such regulations are unnecessary given its current hiring initiatives.