Apple's senior executives are 70% white men, diversity filing reveals

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More than 70% of Apple’s most senior executives are white men, the company’s first official diversity filings shows.

The technology company, which has repeatedly refused to release its US government-mandated diversity report, on Thursday finally released its Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO-1) report showing that 60 out of its 83 most senior US employees were white men (72%). There were also 12 white women.

Among the 83 senior executives there was just one Hispanic person, two black people, eight Asians people and no people of any other races. The report is dated July 2014.

Across all levels of the company, 61% of employees were white and 71% were male, according to the report. Just 8% were black, 0.5% native Hawaiian or Pacific islander, 0.4% American Indian or Alaskan native, 11.5% hispanic and 16.3% Asian.

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The company had, until now, refused to publish any of its EEO-1 reports despite the Rev Jesse Jackson, president of the Rainbow/Push Coalition, making a personal appeal to Apple CEO Tim Cook to do so at the company’s shareholder meeting.

Apple said it has significantly increased its diversity since the July 2014 EEO-1 filing, but did not release its official 2015 EEO-1 filing.

“In the past year we hired over 11,000 women globally, which is 65% more than in the previous year,” Cook said on Thursday. “In the United States, we hired more than 2,200 black employees – a 50% increase over last year – and 2,700 Hispanic employees, a 66% increase.

“Some people will read this page and see our progress. Others will recognize how much farther we have to go. We see both.”

Cook came under increased pressure to release the EEO-1 filing following the personal intervention of the country’s most powerful African American politicians earlier this month.

Jackson welcomed Apple’s publication of its EEO-1 as a “positive step” but urged technology companies to go even further in making their diversity statistics transparent.

“RainbowPush has asked companies to go beyond the EEO-1 report and provide additional, comprehensive, transparent data points, showing year over year numbers and percentages relating to hiring of women and people of color in the tech and non tech sectors; in leadership positions; retail and their supplier diversity spend,” he said. “This data provides a much clearer picture of what companies are actually doing.”

While Apple’s employee base is far from as diverse as its customers, it is much more representative that some other Silicon Valley companies.

African Americans represent less than 1.5% of Facebook’s 5,479 US employees. Mark Zuckerberg’s company hired 36 black employees last year out of a total headcount increase of 1,216. In 2013, Facebook hired just seven additional black people, including just one black woman.

Twitter employs just 49 black people out of a total US workforce of 2,910. The tiny number of African American staff – 35 men and 14 women – represents just 1.7% of Twitter’s US staff.

African Americans account for 13.6% of the US population, according to the 2010 US census.

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