Jesse Jackson Targets Apple, Other Tech Companies for Lack of Board Diversity

Jesse Jackson and his Rainbow PUSH Coalition think there is a serious lack of diversity in leadership at technology companies, including Apple. Never one to sit on the sidelines, he is taking action to draw attention to this issue.

AP reports Mr. Jackson is planning to attend Hewlett-Packard's Annual Shareholder Meeting with a delegation to draw attention to the lack of diversity in high-level positions in Silicon Valley. This event will help launch the Rainbow PUSH Coalition's Digital Inclusion Initiative. It should be noted this isn't the first time Mr. Jackson has accused Apple of this behavior, but it seems that 15 years later he's delivering the message with a bit more finesse. 

In a letter to a number of Silicon Valley tech companies including Apple, Mr. Jackson decried the lack of people of color. From the letter:

Technology is supposed to be about inclusion, but sadly, patterns of exclusion remains the order of the day. When it comes to African Americans on Board - ZERO. C-suites, ZERO. Minority firms in IPO's and financial transactions, advertising and professional services - ZERO. These ZEROES are contrary to the enlightened values exposed by the industry. Rainbow PUSH is seeking meetings with tech leaders to address these ZEROES head on.

AppleInsider noted Apple added this to their Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee charter: The Committee is committed to actively seeking out highly qualified women and individuals from minority groups to include in the pool from which Board nominees are chosen.