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April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
Fails to respond or acknowledge supplier diversity-conceals data
Claims diversity data is a trade secret and defies federal compliance
MBRT calls for investigation into mandatory compliance regulations
Urges Google's officers and directors to appoint VP for Supplier and Workforce Diversity
Calls for accountability and transparency same as other major corporations
"We know of no major corporation who has failed to respond or acknowledge supplier diversity," said
Ted Hsu, Co-Chair of the New England Minority Business Task Force. "We were told by a NYC Google executive that business opportunities are there, but we cannot participate. Sounds like evil, cloud based colonialism to me."
CNN Money Report finds Google and other tech companies are trying to conceal workforce and supplier diversity data as they continue to stonewall questions and defy federal law and regulators five years after the San Jose Mercury News kicked off a quest to find out the racial makeup of the workforce at the country's most important Silicon Valley technology firms. The law states that every U.S. company with more than 100 employees is required to file an annual report called the EEO-1 which categorizes U.S. workers by their race and sex. Google has more than 30,000 employees and revenues over
$50 billion. Google also has federal contracts and must comply with federal regulations. CNN through its investigation filed a FOIA request to gain access to that report from the Department of Labor. However, Google claimed its (diversity data) was a trade secret, refused to answer CNN and minority leaders as to why their unwillingness to comply, and furthermore, Google asked the Labor Department to block disclosure.
"It's absolutely preposterous," said
John Sims, a FOIA expert and law professor at the
University of the Pacific. "Knowing how many white male sales workers a company has is a trade secret? Absurd."
"For the tech industry to remain silent about diversity is so not aligned with what they preach," said Aditi Mohapatra, associate tech director at BSR, which consults with companies on social issues.