Apple Rejects “Audit” Requests By Shareholders

( — Shareholders of tech giant Apple rejected a call for an audit of their racial equity policies at a meeting in March. The National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) attended the meeting of shareholders to make the request. However, the board of directors rejected the proposal saying it “mischaracterizes Apple’s commitment to inclusion and diversity by suggesting that our policies promoting these goals are discriminatory.”

The company states on its website that it has an emphasis on building an “inclusive workforce”, prompting the NCPPR to question why it had then refused its proposal. Apple added that while inclusion and diversity sound benign, they often in fact result in the opposite. A statement from the company went on to say that inclusivity and diversity policies often end up discriminating against white people, men, and straight people and portray them as inherently racist or holding gender-based prejudices. This, it said, is a violation of the Civil Rights Act.

Other major companies, including Coca-Cola, have faced criticism for advocating equity policies while simultaneously conducting business with nations such as China. In 2021, an organization representing consumers published a series of advertisements calling out Coca-Cola on its “woke hypocrisy” for its dealings with China and for its contribution to America’s youth obesity crisis.

Apple appears to want to avoid similar criticisms but has been involved in “woke” politics on previous occasions. In 2022, the Oklahoma State School Boards Association distributed guides to the state’s teachers to help them learn about “racial equity.” The guides were produced by Apple. A guidebook entitled “Create Opportunities for Meaningful Conversations About Race” suggested to educators that only white people could be guilty of racism and that people of color, including indigenous communities, were disproportionately affected by environmental issues. A second guide highlights so-called “microaggressions” which it defines as “everyday slights, indignities, put-downs, and insults that people of color, women, LGBTQ populations, and other marginalized people.”

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