Should Apple have more “ideological diversity” on its board?That was the question facing its CEO Tim Cook, Apple’s board and investors Friday, when Justin Danhof, an activist, pushed a proposal at the company’s annual shareholder meeting aimed to increase the “ideological diversity” of the company’s board of directors.”Diversity is not what someone looks like, it’s the sum of what they think,” Danhof said, while speaking at the meeting.Danhof, who is general counsel for the National Center for Public Policy Research, added that the tech industry’s focus on increasing racial and gender diversity is “racism and sexism.””True diversity comes from diversity of thought. There is ample evidence that the Company – and Silicon Valley generally – operate in ideological hegemony that eschews conservative people, thoughts, and values,” the National Center for Public Policy Research wrote in its proposal to shareholders. “This ideological echo chamber can result in groupthink that is the antithesis of diversity. This can be a major risk factor for shareholders.” The proposal was shot down, with more than 98 percent of shareholders voting against it.”We are open to people from all walks of life,” Cook said, noting that includes political points of view, religious beliefs or sexual orientation…. Read full this story
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