Salesforce Is Appointing a ‘Chief Equality Officer’

Salesforce Is Appointing a ‘Chief Equality Officer’

At the annual TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, CEO Marc Benioff announced that the new member of the sales software company’s C-suite would be announced next week and would report directly to him, TechCrunch’s Ron Miller explains:

Benioff, speaking on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco with editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino, talked about his commitment to helping improve the world. While he has built charitable efforts and equality into his own company, and he admits there is a self-serving component to this, he believes that companies need to give back. “We can just focus on our own results, our own tech, but you won’t get the joy that comes from giving, the real pleasure of helping people. You’re not only helping other people, you’re helping yourself,” Benioff says. …

[W]hile profit and building great products is an integral part of [the value system Salesforce espouses, Benioff] hopes companies can use the wealth they gain by making great products to help make the world a better place.

The Chief Equality Officer will build those values into the fabric of the organization, bringing a voice directly to the C suite.

At the Drum, Haley Velasco notes how this new role fits in with Benioff’s assertively progressive vision for his organization:

In 2015, Salesforce worked to equalize salaries for men and women in the company by spending $3m in 2015 to close the technology gender pay gap within the company’s own walls. According to Salesforce’s EVP of global employee success, Cindy Robbins, 1,000 — six percent — of employees received a salary adjustment.

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