Apple CEO Cook Says IPhone Maker Will Release Diversity Data

Jul 09, 2014 1:46 pm ET

July 9 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said the iPhone maker plans to eventually release information about the diversity of its workforce, following technology companies including Google Inc. and Facebook Inc.

“We’ll release the information at some point,” Cook said at the annual Allen & Co. media and technology conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, without giving a timetable for a disclosure. “We are more focused on actions.”

Silicon Valley companies are facing criticism for the lack of diversity among its employees, particularly women and minorities. A group of shareholders has pressed Apple to diversify its leadership ranks and board, which has one woman director. Social-networking firms Facebook and Twitter Inc. were criticized leading up to their initial public offerings for not having any female directors, which the companies have since taken steps to address.

Facebook said on June 25 that its workforce is 31 percent female and that 91 percent are white or Asian. Those numbers were in line with recent disclosures made by Yahoo! Inc., Google and LinkedIn Corp.