06 Feb Apple’s commitment to diversity faces test at shareholder meeting
Apple celebrates diversity, but a big test to its commitment to being inclusive will come at next month’s shareholder meeting.
The company is encouraging a vote against a proposal by shareholders to implement an accelerated hiring policy “to increase the diversity of senior management and its board of directors.”
But Apple’s senior management and board, who are mostly white, fails to represent the company’s “diversity and inclusion,” argued shareholders Zevin Asset Management and Antonio Avian Maldonado II. They explained their position Tuesday in a rebuttal to Apple’s opposition filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
“While Apple has increased overall diversity initiatives, most of these efforts involve junior staff working in the company’s retail operations. Changes in the makeup of senior management and board clearly lag those in the broader workforce,” the shareholders said.