A Thousand Employees Benefited From Salesforce’s Equal-Pay Audit

A Thousand Employees Benefited From Salesforce’s Equal-Pay Audit

Last November, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announced that his organization had spent $3 million assessing and closing pay gaps between its male and female employees. In a blog post published on Tuesday, Salesforce’s EVP of Global Employee Success Cindy Robbins released more details of the assessment, including that 6 percent of the company’s 17,000 employees (or about 1,000 people) had received salary adjustments, and that “roughly the same number of women and men were impacted.” Robbins also touted some other activities Salesforce had undertaken to make itself more inclusive of women and minorities:

To build a more diverse workforce, we’ve doubled down on our community outreach efforts to nonprofits and educational groups focused on diversity in tech, added more diverse schools to our recruiting efforts, and increased our support for STEM education initiatives that touch diverse populations. We’ve also increased access to advancement opportunities through the High-Potential Leadership Program, which is designed to provide leadership skills to advance women in the workplace. The program has led to a 33 percent increase in the number of women who were promoted last year.

In the last year, Salesforce has increased parental leave to 12 weeks off at 80% of total pay, including base and bonuses. The company also introduced a new gradual return program which offers new parents the flexibility to work reduced hours for the first four consecutive weeks of returning to work, at full pay.

Benioff has been outspoken about urging his peers to perform equal pay audits, and his advocacy—and perhaps more importantly, that of equal pay activists and the White House—seems to be paying off. Intel recently analyzed its own pay practices and was surprised to find no gender pay gap among its US employees, while Elon Musk has pledged to do the same at his companies Tesla and SpaceX.

For its part, Intel is now taking its commitment to pay equity a step further and auditing its payroll again, this time to see whether it is underpaying employees from underrepresented minority groups, the Huffington Post’s Emily Peck reports:

The audit, across about 50,000 employees in the U.S. at all levels, is just now getting underway. Chief executive Brian Krzanich told The Huffington Post last month he wasn’t exactly sure what they’d find.

“We’re scared to death,” Krzanich said, speaking at an event supporting equality in Beverly Hills, California. Still, he emphasized he was committed to fixing whatever disparities the company’s internal data team turns up. “You get the data and do something,” he said. Intel will reveal the results at the end of the year. …

While the gender pay gap has slowly narrowed over the past decade, the gulf between what whites and blacks make in the U.S. has actually grown. In 1979, black men made 78 cents for every dollar white men made, while women made around 68 cents to the male dollar on average. Today, black men make 70 cents on the dollar, according to Census data.