Today, Apple released its second EEO-1 diversity report, which shows the percentage of employees from different genders and ethnicities. But you’re going to have to look really closely to see the differences, which might make your heart hurt a little.
Gender diversity has moved just 1 percent, and the number of non-white employees also moved 1 percent.
In case you didn’t know, Apple has pledged to take diversity seriously. Tim Cook wrote in the report:
Diversity is critical to innovation and it is essential to Apple’s future. We aspire to do more than just make our company as diverse as the talent available to hire. We must address the broad underlying challenges, offer new opportunities, and create a future generation of employees as diverse as the world around us. We also aspire to make a difference beyond Apple.
And it’s true that, to its credit, Apple has tried to promote diversity from many angles. Cook lists investment in women-and-minority owned businesses, and supporting education through the Thurgood Marshall Fund. He also mentioned outfitting underprivileged students with technology through its ConnectED program. These are just slices of diversity-oriented programs that Apple has lent its name and time to — CODE2040 is another that comes to mind.
So Apple is talking the talk pretty well, and it is trying to walk the walk. According to Cook, Apple “hired over 11,000 women globally, which is 65 percent more than in the previous year. In the United States, we hired more than 2,200 Black employees — a 50 percent increase over last year — and 2,700 Hispanic employees, a 66 percent increase.”
Cook says that Apple is doing more than ever before, hiring more than ever before, and working towards diversity, so what gives? The numbers certainly don’t show it.