Salesforce (Slack, Tableau, Mulesoft)

San Francisco, California
CRM & Project Management

Corporate Bias Rating

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Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

Summary:

Salesforce is a software-as-a-service CRM provider and the owner of Slack Technologies, Tableau, and more. Salesforce CEO, Marc Benioff, leverages corporate power to change policies he does not like or terminate clients with whom he disagrees. Salesforce dropped the Republican National Committee as a client, refuses to license its CRM to firearms vendors, and has threatened to divest from certain states based on state legislation. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, Salesforce increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. Salesforce forces employees to undergo multiple ideological trainings and uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. Salesforce provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion and transgender medical procedures for covered employees and dependents, including children. America First Legal filed a letter with the EEOC requesting a civil rights investigation into Salesforce over discriminatory practices in hiring. The company does not appear to discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or beliefs guidelines, but does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees. Salesforce funds Planned Parenthood. Salesforce is a gold sponsor of the HRC, a founding member of the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality (PGLE), and pledged $1 million dollars to BLM and related causes. The company regularly uses its reputation to push gender ideology and is a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. The company is a signatory of the Business Roundtable's 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism. Salesforce and Slack signed an amicus brief in opposition to the 2016 North Carolina bathroom bill HB2. The company opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. Salesforce is a member of the MCCA, indicating its focus on recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees based on race. Salesforce donated to the Equality PAC and lobbied for ideological purposes. For these reasons, Salesforce receives a High Risk rating.

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Board Bias

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CEO of Salesforce (Slack, Tableau, Mulesoft)

Marc Benioff

Marc Benioff

Summary:

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Salesforce (Slack, Tableau, Mulesoft) is a member of the Fortune 250 operating in the CRM & Project Management industry. Marc Benioff and Marc Benioff serve as CEO/President and Chairman, respectively, leading the company’s C-suite executive team and the board of directors. Amongst these teams, the collective leadership is responsible for $7,000 to Republican causes and $533,317 to Democratic causes. Under their tenure, Salesforce (Slack, Tableau, Mulesoft) currently holds a 'High Risk' risk rating.

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Political Contributions of Leadership:

$7,000

$533,317

Republican

Democrat

Shareholder Proposals

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Date
ESG Category
Proponent
Summary of ResolutionMgmt RecTotal Vote % in Favor
6/8/23GovernanceThe Natioinal Legal and Policy CenterIndependent Chair of the BoardAgainst22.50%
6/8/23GovernanceThe National Center for Public Policy ResearchPolicy to Forbid All Company Directors From Sitting on Any Other BoardsAgainst0.50%
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