At Salesforce, we’ve been committed to doing good as part of our business model since our founding over 19 years ago. “Truly great companies care about all of their stakeholders — employees, customers, partners, shareholders, the communities where we live and work, and the environment that sustains us,” says Salesforce Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff. “The business of business is to make the world a better place.”
Today we published our FY18 Stakeholder Impact Report, sharing our initiatives focused on creating meaningful social and environmental impact across the world. At Salesforce we are constantly working to change the status quo and establish a new norm for what it means to be a corporate citizen.
Now more than ever, we are seeing a growing demand for companies to take initiative and tackle challenges in their communities and the environment. We are proud of our accomplishments over the past year and excited to share our approach to inspire others to drive long-term positive change.
This past year, more than 5,000 companies have joined us in making their organization a platform for positive change by becoming Pledge 1% members—giving time, product, profit, and/or equity to strengthen their communities. Since our founding, Salesforce and our philanthropic entities have given more than $200 million in grants and delivered technology for free or at discounted rates to more than 34,000 nonprofits, while Salesforce employees have volunteered more than 2.6 million hours.
We know the path to a more equal and sustainable world has no finish line—it’s a commitment we need to sustain and renew every single day. Nevertheless, with our entire Ohana— customers, employees, partners, and community—and our values, we can build a world that is more equal, prosperous, and sustainable for generations to come.
Some of the key focus areas in the FY18 Report include:
Environmental equality is more than creating a “greener world,” it’s about creating a more just and equitable world where everyone has access to clean air, energy, and water. In FY18 we reached net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and provided a carbon neutral cloud for all customers. In addition, Salesforce has achieved or is actively pursuing green building certification in 64 percent of our offices worldwide and we are continuing our environmental stewardship with Salesforce Tower San Francisco which will be one of the most sustainable buildings in the world. The tower is on track to achieve the most points for a LEED V4 Platinum (Commercial Interiors) and will feature the largest on-site water recycling system in a commercial high-rise building in the United States (saving more than 7 million gallons of fresh water a year).
Salesforce is committed to workforce development through a set of diverse programs dedicated to training and hiring for the jobs of tomorrow. Efforts like Trailhead have helped more than 500,000 people learn the skills they need to thrive in our fast-changing digital economy. We also focus our efforts on university recruitment, computer science curriculum in K-12 schools and training for thousands of veterans and their spouses.
Every day, we work to uphold our trust in one another, which is the foundation of our commitment to equality and opportunity for every human being. Salesforce has committed $8.7 million to date to ensure that our employees — men and women — receive equal pay for equal work in line with our Equal Pay Assessment.
Learn more about our programs and initiatives to drive positive change by downloading the full FY18 Stakeholder Impact Report.