What Apple Is Doing About Lack of Diversity in the Workplace

CEO Tim Cook reacts to Apple's diversity report.

— -- For a company as mighty as Apple, changing the composition of its predominately white and male workforce begins with outreach.

A diversity report released by Apple today reveals the most likely person to hold a top-paying technology and leadership position at the company is white and male.

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A breakdown shows 54 percent of the company's technology jobs in the United States are held by whites, while Asians hold 23 percent of the jobs. White people make up 64 percent of Apple's leadership positions in the U.S., followed by Asians at 21 percent.

Apple also works with the Human Rights Campaign and the National Center for Women and Information Technology.

"The work we do with these groups is meaningful and inspiring," Cook said. "We know we can do more, and we will."

Men make up 80 percent of Apple's technology workforce worldwide, however the company did not release the demographic composition of all 98,000 employees.

"Who we are, where we come from, and what we've experienced influence the way we perceive issues and solve problems," Cook said. "We believe in celebrating that diversity and investing in it."

"All around the world, our team at Apple is united in the belief that being different makes us better," he wrote. "We know that each generation has a responsibility to build upon the gains of the past, expanding the rights and freedoms we enjoy to the many who are still striving for justice."

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