updated 01:23 pm EDT, Tue August 12, 2014
US workforce dominantly white and male
Following up on a promise made last month, Apple has released its first-ever internal diversity report. The company notes that globally, 7 out of 10 of its workers are male. In the US its workforce is 55 percent white, 15 percent Asian, 11 percent Hispanic, and just 7 percent black. 2 percent of people asked said they had two or more ethnicities; 9 percent chose not to identify their race.
The company has also broken down its US racial makeup according to "tech," "non-tech," and leadership categories. Significantly, whites hold 64 percent of the company's management roles, but 56 percent of non-tech positions, and 54 percent of tech jobs. Asians come in second place in tech and leadership -- at 23 and 21 percent, respectively -- but Hispanics hold second in non-tech at 14 percent.
Accompanying the report is a letter from CEO Tim Cook. "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," he writes. "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."
Later on, Cook adds that "Apple is also a sponsor of the Human Rights Campaign, the country's largest LGBT rights organization, as well as the National Center for Women & Information Technology, which is encouraging young women to get involved in technology and the sciences. The work we do with these groups is meaningful and inspiring. We know we can do more, and we will."