According to a recent story from USA Today, we hear that civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson met with Apple CEO Tim Cook yesterday. This has happened just ahead of a rally scheduled outside Apple’s headquarters to raise awareness for a growing income gap and diversity issues in Silicon Valley.
Apple also issued a statement and said thatCook’s meeting with Jackson was “productive” and that it remains “deeply committed to diversity” and human rights issues. Here's how Apple's official reaction sounds like:
"Apple is deeply committed to diversity within our company and the advancement of human rights around the world. We had a productive meeting with Rev. Jesse Jackson and we value his input. We look forward to working with him, our employees, customers and other stakeholders as we look for ways to do more.”
And here's Jackson's reaction after the meeting:
"I am impressed with him and the conversation,. He has a real vision for Apple and he sees the value in inclusiveness."
Jackson will also be taking part in a rally outside Apple's headquarters in Cupertino to shine a light on the growing wealth gap in Silicon Valley.
Jackson has been known for its efforts to raise awareness surrounding the tech industry's persistent lack of women, blacks and Hispanics. He recently met with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella last week and will also meet with Intel CEO Brian Krzanich in the near,future, as well.
Rev. Jesse Jackson also urged Tim Cook fre months in a letter to take the lead in the treatment of low-paid contractors like security guards, saying the following
“Contract workers […] do everything from driving shuttle buses to cooking in the cafeteria. But as the tech workers they serve are showered with eye-popping perks, service workers often struggle to make ends meet in the pricey Bay Area, advocates say”
What's your take on this? Should the tech industry look into this or you don't feel it's such a big problem?
Source: USA Today