“Apple and Amazon.com, two of technology’s most powerful companies, are refusing to release federal data on the diversity of their workforces,” Jessica Guynn reports for USA Today. “Spokeswoman Kristin Huguet declined to comment on why Apple would not release the data. Amazon.com spokesman Ty Rogers did not respond to requests for comment.”
“American companies collect and report information about their workforces to the federal government each year in a form called the EEO-1. The EEO-1 is a standard form which breaks down race, ethnicity and gender of workforces by job classification,” Guynn reports. “Stanford fellow Vivek Wadhwa says Apple and Amazon have a responsibility to the public to be more ‘publicly accountable for diversity.’ Silicon Valley is pushing for more diversity as it caters to an increasingly diverse and global marketplace. ‘This refusal shows that they have something to hide,’ said Wadhwa, author of Innovating Women. ‘If they didn’t have anything to hide, they would come clean.'”
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