This weekend Apple released the company's latest diversity report, showing progress in its U.S. workforce -- but only by tiny margins. Meanwhile, the company's board of directors has rejected one Latino shareholder's proposal to accelerate change in the upper ranks of Apple, Inc. 

According to the EEO-1 Federal Employer Information report released by the company over the weekend, Apple has made progress in the diversity of its U.S. workforce, if progress can be measured by half-percentage points.

The Silicon Valley giant upped its hiring of underrepresented minorities and women last year, but the overall percentages only moved slightly: 30 percent of Apple's U.S. workforce in 2015 were women, up from 28.7 percent in 2014, for example. Latinos made up 11.7 percent of Apple employees in the U.S., compared to 11.5 percent the year before. And Black employees at the company inched to 8.6 percent over 8 percent the year prior.

Of course, for a large company like Apple, those percentages represent pretty big numbers of people. Apple had a net increase of 1,475 black employees, 1,633 Latinos, and 4,586 women over the last year.

But as Engadget noted, compare those numbers to a set of statistics Apple's CEO Tim Cook boasted about in August of 2015, and Apple may have a retention problem.

In its mid-year diversity update, Apple said it had increased hiring of women by 65 percent, with over 11,000 women joining the company since its January 2014 report. The company also said it had hired over 2,200 black employees, and 2,700 new Latino employees during the same period.

That's a lot of women, Latinos, and black employees leaving the company over the last year, though Apple says it prefers to use its own diversity metrics rather the federal EEO-1 system for its public-facing diversity page.

But speaking of the public face of Apple, the least diversity, and most resistance to change, has come from the company's C-Suite. Late last year, Apple shareholder Antonio Avian Maldonado II submitted a proposal that would require Apple's board of directors to "adopt an accelerated recruitment policy" to increase diversity among the company's senior management, executive team, and the board itself.

Avian Maldonado said he decided to push for more diversity at the company's top levels after he and his teenaged son were looking at the bio page for Apple's executives, and his son asked why everyone was white. For context, here's a snapshot of Apple's senior leadership.

(Photo : Screenshot: Apple's all-white top executive team includes one woman out of 11 senior-level managers. Two of its seven VP-level managers are women, one of whom is black.

Apple initially balked at the proposal to the Securities and Exchange Commission, saying that such a proposal amounted to an attempt to "micromanage" recruitment at the company. Then in its proxy statement released earlier this month in the run-up to the company's first quarter 2016 financial statement, Apple's board expounded on its true feelings about the proposal to diversify its top leadership.

"Our efforts are much broader than the 'accelerated recruitment policy' requested by this proposal, which would be focused only on Apple's senior management and Board of Directors. Instead, our approach fosters diversity across Apple today and invests in initiatives for the future," argued Apple's board of directors.

Apple's statement continued, "This proposal would require the Board to adopt an accelerated recruitment policy for increasing diversity among senior management and the Board. We believe that the proposal is unduly burdensome and not necessary because Apple has demonstrated to shareholders its commitment to inclusion and diversity, which are core values for our company."

Apple strongly advised shareholders to vote against the proposal, but nevertheless, there will be a vote held during the company's shareholder meeting on Feb. 26.