Apple’s Diversity & Inclusion Report

by Michelle Van Otten | CEO Omnikal


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We want to give accolades to Apple’s first Diversity & Inclusion Report by Denise Smith Young, Apple’s Vice President for Inclusion & Diversity . The truth is, they are making great strides toward becoming a more diverse and inclusive organization. The most important point today should be the focus on the positive, not berating negatives. Everyone would agree we have enough negativity in our world.

We say, focus on what’s good. What right actions are being taken? What leadership action is Apple taking that is setting the example that moves inclusion forward?

Besides the stats mentioned in the report, there is one important and overlooked statistic that OMNIKAL would like to acknowledge. And that is, Apple was selected as the number 4 company in the U.S. for providing business opportunities to diverse and women owned businesses within their supplier diversity/supplier inclusion initiative.

Each year we here at OMNIKAL conduct an online survey with our community of over 2 million business owners. Our members vote on which companies are purchasing the most goods and services from diverse owned companies within their supply chains. Check out the full report here.

Fact is, Apple has continued to move up each year on this list because of their commitment to doing more for the multicultural business community and entrepreneurship.

We want to also acknowledge the unsung hero’s of Apple’s Supplier Diversity Initiative, Walter Freeman, Director of Procurement, Scott Vowels, Supplier Diversity manager and Alex Alvarez, Supplier Diversity Change Agent who work tirelessly to support the growth of multicultural entrepreneurship throughout Apple’s supply Chain.


OMNIKAL was founded in 1999. Now the Nation’s largest inclusive business organization, OMNIKAL promotes entrepreneurship and the belief that entrepreneurs create real world solutions to today’s business and economic challenges. By fostering deeper and broader collaboration between business owners and entrepreneurial support organizations, the OMNIKAL network fuels healthier ecosystems through job creation, professional development and drives innovation resulting in strong economic growth.