As Silicon Valley struggles with inclusion and discrimination, most of the area’s tech companies won’t share raw numbers on workforce demographics with the public. Slack is one of 188 Silicon Valley tech companies surveyed by Reveal that have not released the numbers they report to the government on employee diversity. Instead, Slack and some other companies create their own diversity reports, such as the 2017 report pictured here. Credit: Photo illustration by Gabriel Hongsdusit/Reveal

From a spate of harassment allegations to a sexist manifesto written recently by a Google engineer, the evidence is mounting that Silicon Valley’s most successful companies are failing to create diverse, inclusive work environments. When steps are taken to level the playing field, they often leave out women of color at disproportionate rates.

As part of a recent investigation, reporters Will Evans and Sinduja Rangarajan asked 211 of Silicon Valley’s largest tech companies for their EEO-1 forms, which provide a raw breakdown of race and gender across staff. The forms offer an unvarnished view of who’s at the top, and  bottom, of the industry’s diversity spectrum.

Yet Evans and Rangarajan got only 23 of these reports back, less than 11 percent, despite a history of public boasts that employers view “diversity as a business imperative” and seek to build a “belonging culture.”

Any company with more than 100 employees is legally mandated to submit its EEO-1 form to the federal government on an annual basis. While they may disclose the information to the public, it’s not required. That takes a bit of encouragement – which is where you come in. Here’s how you can help promote transparency among tech’s biggest companies.

  1. Fill out our confidential form

How important is diversity in your workplace? Did you leave your tech company after experiencing discrimination? Were you part of an internal diversity effort? We’re collecting stories from tech employees to better understand how companies respond to questions of diversity internally. The form is confidential; we won’t share your response with anyone without your permission.

  1. Search our data

It’s one thing to read that most companies turned down our requests for EEO-1 forms; it’s another to see which companies complied – and which ones didn’t – in a sortable database. We’re keeping that information up to date here, and we’ll keep updating it as new tips roll in. If your company hasn’t released its 2016 EEO-1 report, you can send it to SVDiversity@revealnews.org. There are also plenty of ways to share it securely.

  1. Remind companies that #Its1Page

Social media is a powerful tool for exposing secrecy and dissecting weak excuses. As our reporters point out in their investigation, most companies have EEO-1 forms available. They are, after all, required to submit them to the government on an annual basis. Yet that hasn’t stopped several PR representatives from telling our reporters they’re too busy to share raw diversity numbers – or simply ignoring our calls. Thus, a gentle reminder: #Its1Page.

  1. Get in touch with our reporters

Silicon Valley’s diversity problems aren’t going away, and neither are we. If you have a story to tell, we’re always interested in hearing it. You can drop a few of our reporters and editors a note at SVDiversity@revealnews.org. And Evans (wevans@revealnews.org) and Rangarajan (srangarajan@revealnews.org) are always listening. You also can contact us securely through PGP, Signal or SecureDrop. 

Byard Duncan is a reporter and producer for  engagement and collaborations for Reveal. He manages Reveal’s Reporting Networks, which provide more than 1,000 local journalists across the U.S. with resources and training to continue Reveal investigations in their communities. He also helps lead audience engagement initiatives around Reveal’s stories and assists local reporters in elevating their work to a national platform. In addition to Reveal, Duncan’s work has appeared in GQ, Esquire, The California Sunday Magazine and Columbia Journalism Review, among other outlets. He was part of Reveal’s Behind the Smiles project team, which was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2019. He is the recipient of two Edward R. Murrow Awards, a National Headliner Award, an Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award, and two first-place awards for feature storytelling from the Society of Professional Journalists and Best of the West. Duncan is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.