Salesforce stands with the Black community against racism, violence, and hate — and for justice and equality.

We believe business can be a powerful platform for change and recognize our urgent responsibility to invest time, funding, and resources in our communities and in our workplaces.

 
 
 

What's Happening Now

The work is going and ongoing. This is how we’re taking action.

 

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As part of the first National Black Voter Day, here’s the work we’re doing to support.
 

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The Importance of Mentorship to Drive Racial Equality

Our Equality Mentorship program is focused on supporting employees of color.
 

Blog

Our Next Actions on Racial Equality and Justice

Our latest initiatives and goals we’ve set at Salesforce as we work toward racial equality.
 
 
 

Our Commitment

We have more work to do here and transparency is essential.
Here are the actions that we're taking now to bring change.

 

People

People come first.
 
 
 

Goal: Double U.S representation of Black leaders and increase URM employee representation by 50% by 2023

 
 
 
 

We’re working to double the U.S. representation of Black employees in leadership (VP+), increase the representation of URM in leadership by 50%, and increase the U.S. representation of Black and URM* employees by 50% by 2023.

We’ll hold ourselves accountable to expand inclusion efforts across hiring, advocating, promoting, retaining, and increasing access and opportunities for Black, Indigenous, and Latina/o/x employees. And to build the kind of workplace that reflects the diverse communities in which we live and work. You can learn more about efforts to increase representation here.

Here’s what we’ll do:

  • Support a diversity recruiting team dedicated to sourcing talent from URM communities 

  • Deepen partnerships with organizations such as the Black Professionals in Tech Network, National Sales Network, Latinas in Tech, and Women in Technology International

  • Revamp the scorecard program — a program for senior leaders to detail headcount, hiring, attrition, and promotion data by gender and race to drive accountability

  • Pair employees of color with executive mentors to increase senior leadership opportunities and career growth. This builds off initiatives created by our employee resource groups, BOLDforce and Asiapacforce

  • Advocate for women and URM employees through Warmline, a program focusing on confidential conversations around belonging, equity, and career navigation

  • Build a standardized Inclusive Promotions process and training required for managers to complete ahead of promotions 

  • Work with a third-party consulting firm to assess all our people processes. Learn more here

    (*URM or Underrepresented minorities refers to Black, Indigenous, and Latinx)

 
 
 
 

We’re donating $10 million through Tableau’s Racial Justice Data initiative.

We’re breaking down inequalities through grants, employee giving, volunteering, technology, and partnerships. We’re partnering with experts, community leaders, and community members to identify, co-create, and support long-term solutions. In our giving, we’re prioritizing organizations led by and supporting Black and URM communities. 

Here’s what we’ll do:

  • Invest in high-impact organizations driving racial equity

  • Help close the opportunity gap for URM students and continue supporting efforts to make public education more equitable 

  • Empower employees to donate and volunteer to advance racial equity

  • Donate technology and enable use of data to address racism and promote equality

  • Expand opportunities for Black and URM communities for training and career options in the Salesforce ecosystem

  • Collaborate with stakeholders and community partners to make racial justice a priority for thousands of companies

 
 

Purchasing

Purchasing to help close the racial wealth gap.
 
 
 

Goal: Commit $100M to Black-owned businesses and $100M to URM-founded companies by 2023

 
 
 
 

We’re committing to spend $100 million with Black-owned businesses and $100 million in capital to Black and underrepresented minority founders over the next three years. 

We believe that investing in our communities is integral to advancing racial equality. That’s why we’re working to shift from “counting spend” to “counting impact.” We’re collaborating with development councils and stakeholder organizations to empower Black-owned and minority-owned businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs, and to engage with new prospective suppliers and founders for investment. 

Here’s what we’ll do:

  • Increase the investment in our supplier diversity program

  • Provide favorable payment terms to minority-owned businesses

  • Increase participation in external minority supplier diversity development councils

  • Support training, mentorship, and enablement for URM founders

  • Establish processes and relationships to build a deeper pipeline of URM founders

  • Commit to a goal of 25% YOY growth in spend with minority-owned businesses, and increasing our overall number of Black and underrepresented minority founders by more than 3X by the end of 2023

 
 

Policy

Policy is an essential force for systemic change.
 
 
 

Goal: Advocate for police reform, civic engagement, and economic empowerment policies

 
 
 
 

We’re advocating for meaningful police reform, civic engagement and protection of voting rights,  and for economic empowerment policies that address the equity gap. 

We’re working to advance laws and regulations that protect against racism and discrimination. 

As we take action to create change within our workplaces, we are also taking action to make progress in our communities.  We advocate for durable policy reforms that reduce systemic racism.  We are committed to building long-lasting solutions across society. Learn more.

Here’s what we’ll do:

  • Advocate for police and criminal justice reform by supporting actions to address law enforcement misconduct, a use of force standard, accurate and transparent data collection, and training and support services for law enforcement

  • Support comprehensive hate crimes legislation

  • Encourage civic engagement by sharing nonpartisan voter information with our employees, providing the U.S. national election day as paid time off, and enabling employees to volunteer as nonpartisan poll workers

  • Reduce barriers to voting and protect voting rights

  • Advocate for economic empowerment policies that work to close the equity gap in housing, homelessness, healthcare, paid time off, transportation policy, and other policies that provide Black and URM communities with business opportunities and workforce development 

  • Support environmental justice and corresponding policies that address the disproportionate impact they have on on Black and other URM communities

  • Ensure Salesforce technology isn’t used in a way that could cause harm or racial discrimination, as well as advocate for ethical and humane use of technology

 

Meet the Task Force Leaders

 

Tony Prophet

Chief Equality and Recruiting Officer

Ebony Beckwith

Chief Philanthropy Officer, CEO of the Salesforce Foundation

Craig Cuffie

SVP, Chief Procurement Officer

Eric Loeb

EVP of Government Affairs