Apple, like other big tech firms, have been heavily criticized in recent years for being mostly male and predominantly white. Last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook sang the praises of a diverse workforce. He said diversity is a "readily solvable issue" that can be fixed. Yet today Apple's board is telling investors to reject a new diversity proposal, calling it "unduly burdensome," according to CNN Money.
According to Apple's board, the proposal submitted by shareholder Antonio Avian Maldonado, would require an accelerated recruitment policy to change the company's organizational makeup. The board rejected it, saying it is unduly burdensome and not necessary, according to a proxy statement published on January 6 ahead of its February shareholder meeting.
Apple's board further wrote in their proxy statement that "Apple has demonstrated to shareholders its commitment to inclusion and diversity, which are core values for our company."