Denise Young Smith

Apple vice president of inclusion and diversity apologizes for controversial statements

Last week, the Apple it was a cause for controversy and buzz around the world and I'm not talking about something related to its products.

It turns out that Ma’s newly appointed vice president of inclusion and diversity, Denise Young Smith, participated in the One Young World Summit (in Bogot, Colombia). There, he answered a question about racial injustice that did not please him.

Denise Young Smith

Smith, who may have tried a general approach influenced by his previous position (vice president of human resources), said that “diversity is a human experience” and that she is “a little frustrated when diversity or that term is used to refer to people of color, women or LGBT people ”. So far, we understand your willingness to address the issue, but what came next didn’t quite go well:

There may be 12 white, blond, blue-eyed men in a room and they will also be diverse because they bring different experiences and life perspectives to the conversation.

The commentary resonated with the technological world with different opinions about what she said or meant, including expressions that speech was against fighting for equality in the workplace.

To try to alleviate the situation, the executive sent an internal memo, which stopped at the hands of the TechCrunch which you can see below:


I have always been proud to work for Apple, largely because of our firm commitment to creating an inclusive culture. We are also committed to having the most diverse workforce and our commitment to this area has never been more important. In fact, I dedicated my 20 years at Apple to foster and promote opportunity and access for women, people of color and the least favored.

Last week, while attending a meeting in Bogot, I made some comments as part of a conversation about the many factors that contribute to diversity and inclusion.

I regret the words I used to demonstrate my opinion. I understand why some people were offended. My comments did not represent what I or Apple think about diversity. So, I'm sorry.

Most importantly, I want to assure you that Apple's vision and our dedication to diversity has not changed.

Understanding that diversity includes women, people of color, LGBTQ people and all underrepresented minorities at the heart of our work to create an environment that includes everyone.

Our commitment at Apple to increase racial and gender diversity remains as strong as ever. I am proud of the progress we have made, but there is a lot of work to be done. I continually remember the importance of talking about these issues and learning from each other.



Along with the letter's release, the vehicle tried to explain that perhaps Smith wanted to suggest that diversity of thought is an acceptable argument for proactive hiring practices adopted by a variety of technology companies including Apple to promote racial and gender diversity. In the memo, however, Smith admitted that he may have been unhappy in his choice of words.

The Cupertino giant regularly discloses its numbers regarding diversity in its workplaces and, even though it has not reached the status ideal, the company is always interested in improving every day.

via AppleInsider