As we reported, the annual Apple shareholders' meeting was held today at the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park, attended by many of Ma's executives and directors and, of course, CEO Tim Cook. Overall, the meeting brought no big news or revelations, but a part of it drew attention: the criticism from a group of conservative shareholders that Apple would be ?Too liberal?.
The issue began when shareholder Justin Danhof, who is also an advocate of conservative causes, accused Apple's diversity policies of being "sexist and racist" against presumably white men and people. From there, a group of conservative shareholders came together, accusing the company of adopting excessively liberal policies and constituting a governing body without conservative representations.
To try to curb the alleged problem, the conservative group National Center for Public Policy Research He proposed a measure: that all current and future Apple directors nominally reveal their ?ideological perspectives? so that the company's board of directors has members from all parts of the political spectrum. The proposal was rejected by 98.3% of the shareholders present.
Tim Cook himself participated in the discussion, stating that Apple has policies, not political positions. The CEO said that the company "in favor of capitalism, the environment, immigration" and "strongly believes in privacy," adding that for Ma, these aspects "are not ideological only political."
Cook admitted that in the extremely polarized society of 2019 some of these issues may sound ideological, but he doesn't see the problem that way. In fact, almost every Apple action taken in the social realm can be aligned with a more liberal stance by seeing its CEO's constant clashes with US Republican President Donald Trump.
Aside from this small mess, Apple's shareholder meeting ran without significant news. One statement to be highlighted came from Cook himself, who stated that one of the company's eventual goals to lower the price of new MacBooks Air with Retina displays currently, they start at $ 1,200.
The CEO further stated that Apple has ?incredible? future planning and that it will soon introduce products that will impress the world which, even if it is a platitude (no CEO will say ?we will present horrible products? after all), It keeps piquing our curiosity for the prospects of Apple Video, the new Mac Pro, and eventually Ma's autonomous car project.
Apple shares rose about 1% throughout the day, indicating that shareholder and financial market reception towards the meeting was (minimally) positive.
via Cult of Mac