New software developed and backed by the tech world's elite will soon let disgruntled workers anonymously complain to the chief executive of the company.
Former vice president of 21st Century Fox Claire Schmidt is leading the charge and has financial backing from Tinder founder Sean Rad and Zillow chief executive Spencer Rascoff. Former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, who serves as an adviser, runs a blog that exposes sexual harassment in the tech industry.
'Allvoice" keeps users completely anonymous. Names and email addresses are not required, but a phone number needs to be entered for verification (which is then encrypted for added security). Bystanders are also encouraged to use the page to report harassment and discrimination.
Schmidt told CNN "we want all people at a company to feel empowered to drive the change they want to [see]". Beyond just reporting problems, Allvoices also analyses the information it receives to try and identify problems in the workplace. It can then relay insights into how well the company is running.
"The recent onslaught of courageous women and men coming forward to tell their stories about assault and harassment has been incredibly inspiring to me," Schmidt said on the company blog. "But it is also an indication of how far we still have to go. What's been happening to women in particular is something that hits really close to home, because I'm a survivor of sexual assault."
An anonymous investor told CNN that companies would struggle to ignore complaints when there was evidence proving a problem. "When we talked to CEOs and board members, [we noticed] they tend to hide behind the notion they didn't know and start pointing fingers. If you hear some of these things, and identify that it's a broader issue, it will command the issue and attention of the CEO."
Allvoices will launch within the upcoming weeks.