This week in tech: Apple stays white, Netflix disappoints millions, Silicon Valley is exacerbating income inequality, and the tech industry is starting to see the red.
Apple Board Rejects Racial Diversity Hiring Proposal
Fifteen of the 18 people that make up Apple’s executive team are white men. The same goes for five of the eight people that make up the company’s board of directors. Sadly, this is not at all unusual among America’s corporate giants today. However, what is more unusual is that Apple has now gone on the record as suggesting that they have no problem with this lack of diversity and will make no conscious efforts to change it.
A recent Apple shareholder proposal called for a new recruitment policy to increase the presence of women and minorities among Apple’s white male-dominated upper echelon. And the board of directors rejected it. Their response called the proposal “unduly burdensome” and “not necessary.”
Granted, when Apple released its last diversity report in August (which showed very minimal change in female and minority hiring from 2014 to 2015), CEO Tim Cook wrote, about diversity at Apple, “we know there is a lot more work to be done.” We’ll see if the backlash the company is receiving over this recent proposal’s rejecection inspires any such work. Read more at the Independent.