On Thursday, Apple released its latest diversity and inclusion report. The report showed that despite its stated commitment to diversifying its workforce, the company remains predominately white and male.
The proportion of women in its leadership ranks only rose slightly in the last year, and among its tech workers, didn’t change at all. Overall at the company, the proportion of women remained unchanged and the percentage of underrepresented minorities barely nudged.
“Meaningful change takes time,” the company said in its report. “We’re proud of our accomplishments, but we have much more work to do.”
Worldwide, only 29% of Apple’s leadership is female, according to the report. In terms of ethnic diversity, whites constitute 66% of Apple’s leadership, down just 1 percentage point from last year. Although the proportion of Asians in its leadership rose from 21% to 23% in the last year, the percentage of blacks, Hispanics and multiracial people didn’t change at all.
Of the 19 senior executives who have been mentioned in the report, only five are women, and just two are black. Among the 11 people in Apple’s top executive ranks, only one is a woman, and none are black.
Apple’s tech workforce also has a long ways to go to be truly diverse. Currently, it’s 52% white and 77% male. Last year it was at 55% white and 77% male. The proportion of underrepresented minorities – blacks, Hispanics, and multiracial people – actually declined in the last year from 18% to 17%.
Half of the people Apple hired between July 2016 and July 2017 were from groups traditionally underrepresented in the tech industry, including women, blacks and Hispanics, according to the report. It also said that the proportion of workers under 30 who are women or members of underrepresented minority groups were higher than the company’s overall average for such groups.
“We value diverse marketplaces. Instead of relying solely on large financial institutions for our bond offerings, we actively seek out financial institutions owned by minorities, women, and Veterans to distribute our bonds to their investors. This enables the firms to grow, and in turn, we reach investors who wouldn’t normally have access to our offerings,” the report said.