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Salesforce investors reject call for investigation into claims the company is toxic to non-white workers

Salesforce investors have rejected a shareholder proposal that called for an independent racial equity audit analyzing the effect of the company’s internal policies on civil rights, equity, diversity and inclusion.

Activist retail investment platform Tulipshare submitted the proposal after two black women in senior roles quit the company in 2021, citing a toxic work environment and dishonest marketing around the company. equality.

Workers also described “rampant microaggressions and gaslighting” and a “big departure from how Salesforce describes itself and the lived experience” of working for the company.

The company has pledged to have 50% of its workforce come from underrepresented groups by 2023. However, on its current trajectory, it would take Salesforce 12 years to reach its goal, shareholders say, and that two out of five current employees are white.

Since 2015, the company has only increased its percentage of Hispanic employees by 1.1% and black employees by 2.3%.

In the proposal, Tulipshare asserted that by categorizing women, black, Latinx, Indigenous, multiracial, LGBTQ+ employees, persons with disabilities, and veterans together to form the company’s definition of underrepresented groups, Salesforce can continue to mask its legacy on race.

“While we are disappointed that our proposal did not pass today, this vote was just the start of the fight for racial equity in tech,” said Antoine Argouges, CEO and Founder of Tulipshare. . “The polls we conducted for this campaign found that a person is more than twice as likely to experience racism if they work in tech.

“Tech companies must urgently address racism and microaggressions in the workplace – and shareholders must realize their potential to influence racial equity in society.”

Salesforce has yet to release the full voting results, but Argouges said once the results are released, Tulipshare will consider its options for continuing the fight for racial equity at the company.

IT Professional contacted Salesforce for comment.

The cloud-based software company isn’t the only tech organization that has come under scrutiny over its diversity policies. LinkedIn decided to settle with the US Department of Labor (DoL) in May over allegations that it engaged in systemic gender-based pay discrimination.

The DoL announced the settlement on behalf of 686 workers in California. Under the terms of the agreement, LinkedIn was to pay $1.8 million in back wages and interest to the affected workers.

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