The responsible Apple for the diversity apologizes for some comments on the jobs
Denise Young Smith, VP Apple for inclusion and diversity, has published a statement to apologize for the comments expressed during a meeting of the company last week reiterated that Apple has always focused on creating jobs diverse and inclusive.
During the last week, Denise Young Smith has participated in the One Young World Summit in Bogota in Colombia, and has met with activists from the Black Lives Matte, and the head of KPMG International's Global Head of Corporate Citizenship. The meeting focused on the injustices and racial in general and, in particular, on the work place. The summit was moderated by Aamna Mohdin and was especially focused on the wider implications of diversity in the work place.
Smith has provided in-depth information on the subject, speaking of the internal experience of the Apple and adding: “The diversity of the human experience. I feel a little bit frustrated when diversity is linked only to people of color, women or the gay community. In a room there can be 12 white men, blond with blue eyes, but they will all be different because they are bringing their different life experiences and a new perspective into the conversation”.
The media have immediately marked this statement and point out how these claims of Smith seem to suggest that diversity of thought is an adequate reference point for the practice of taking proactive measures adopted by the technology companies, Apple included, to promote this choice, together with the racial diversity and gender.
The Smith immediately apologized with a letter sent to Apple employees: “I'm sorry for the choice of words I used to express my thoughts. I understand why some people feel hurt. My comments do not represent my thoughts on diversity, or one from Apple”.
Recall that, according to the latest statistics, 54% of the new hires, Apple in the United States relate to ethnic minorities. In addition, the company is making huge strides to increase the presence of women among the employees. At the moment, however, the 56 of the workers of Apple are white, and 68% men. Looking only at the role of leadership, the presence is predominantly male.
This is the full letter published by the Smith:
I have always been proud to work for Apple in this great commitment for the creation of inclusive culture. We are also committed to having a workforce that is more diverse and our engagement in this sector has never been so strong. In fact, I have dedicated my twenty years at Apple to promote opportunities and access to women and people of color.
Last week, during a meeting in Bogota, I have released some of the comments made as part of a wider conversation about the many factors that contribute to diversity and inclusion.
I'm sorry for the choice of words I used to express those concepts. I understand why some people are offended. My comments were not representative of how I think about diversity, or that that is the position of Apple. For this, I apologize.
I want to assure you that the vision of Apple, and our dedication to the diversity have not changed. The diversity includes women, people of color, the gay community and all minorities under-represented in the workplace. Our goal is to create a work environment that embraces all.
Apple's commitment to increase the racial diversity, and gender is more powerful than ever. I am proud of the progress that we've made, but there is still much work to be done. I remember constantly to myself the importance of talking about these issues and learn from one another.
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