Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We believe that SVB and the innovation economy benefit from people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, opinions and ideas, and inclusiveness is a key to our success.

We embrace diverse perspectives and foster a culture of belonging

SVB takes a multipronged approach to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that includes employee awareness programs and resource groups, regular training and educational opportunities, fair pay analysis, leadership development, hiring outreach programs and strategic partnerships.

SVB has an executive-led Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee and an employee advocacy network focused on these objectives.

We encourage our employees to share their thoughts on diversity, equity and inclusion topics, and we support these efforts with a Code of Conduct based on respect. All of our DE&I related work is captured in the DE&I SVB report.

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Creating a Culture of Inclusion

We promote inclusion through cultural awareness celebrations, employee advocacy networks, DEI trainings, employee surveys and focus groups, and professional development.

Setting Goals & Communicating Progress

We set measurable goals and hold ourselves accountable. We report our workforce diversity metrics to our employees and board, and biannually publish the data on our website.

Building Equitable Processes, Policies & Programs

We aim to create equity in hiring, performance management, benefits, supplier diversity, donations and volunteering.

Workforce Diversity Metrics


An inclusive workplace expands opportunities for everyone. SVB benefits from a diverse workforce and we aim to continue to increase diverse representation at all levels of the company. Below are our workforce demographic stats as of March 31, 2021.

Diverse^ Representation (US)



Female Representation (Global)



Racial Minority Representation (US)



^ We define diverse as a blended measure, which includes (as disclosed to us) any woman, any person of color, veteran, or person with disability. Person of color refers to anyone who self identifies as any of the following: Hispanic/Latino, Black or African American, Asian, American Indian or Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, or Two or More Races/Other. We utilize this blended measure to include different backgrounds and social categorizations. Figures represent US employees only, as regulatory requirements governing data collection and privacy preclude comprehensive data collection in our international offices. We are exploring how we can effectively track and share data on our global workforce. Data as of March 31, 2021.

* Senior leader is defined as anyone in the following job levels: Executive Committee (includes our executive officers), and leaders from certain top levels of SVB’s two highest bands of management.

**Metrics for Board Members are as of April 22, 2021.

Gender Equality

We are proud to be a member of the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index, recognizing our continued focus and progress towards gender diversity and equality. The reference index measures gender equality across five pillars: female leadership and talent pipeline, equal pay and gender pay parity, inclusive culture, sexual harassment policies and pro-women brand. We continue to evaluate our process to advance gender parity in SVB leadership roles and ensure fair pay. In 2021, we completed a Gender Pay Gap Report for our UK office.

SVB perspectives

SVB leaders regularly share their perspectives and insights on topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

2020 UK Gender Pay Gap Report


Healthcare Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Forum 2020


2020 Women in Technology Banking Report


Diversity and Entrepreneurship: Stories From Investors and Founders Disrupting the Startup Ecosystem


Strategies for Building a Diverse Workplace


A Conversation with Latinx Venture Capitalists