Salesforce has been leading the charge for equal pay for women since 2015, with their leadership being called on to spread their knowledge and experience across sectors from news organizations, industry events, and multiple White House administrations. Salesforce has also advanced from just working towards women’s equal pay to incorporating considerations for race, as minorities – especially minority women – are systemically paid less than their white and/or male counterparts. Salesforce’s years of work in pay equity has not only improved the lives of their employees but also pushed the rest of the tech sector to improve their payment methods in order to stay competitive – truly a rising tides raise all ships scenario.
“While there is more work to be done in order to reach pay equity across the board, Salesforce has shown year after year that they are up to the challenge. CEOs with one button on one computer can pay every man and every woman equally,” Salesforce Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff said. “We have the data.”
In 2021, analysis found that 3.5% of Salesforce’s global employees required adjustments. Of those, 81% were based on gender, and 19% were based on race or ethnicity. As a result, Salesforce spent $3.8 million to address any unexplained differences in pay, making their investments towards equal pay a total of more than $16 million to date.