Friday, July 8, 2016

How pro-LGBT+ is the tech industry? - ITPRO

by Christine Schauer
Originally published: July 6,2016

We examine the state of LGBT+ diversity in the tech sector
A number of big name companies have announced their commitment to diversifying a largely white, male, middle-class industry, and have begun publishing their workforce’s gender and ethnic makeup in a move toward transparency.

Earlier this year, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook wrote in a blog post, “Diversity is critical to innovation and it is essential to Apple’s future. We aspire to do more than just make our company as diverse as the talent available to hire.”

Still, the gender and ethnic gaps are apparent; of Apple’s employees, 69 per cent are men and 54 per cent are white.