Equality a win for ev­ery­one


The im­por­tance of equal rep­re­sen­ta­tion and equal pay in tech took cen­tre stage at Dream­force.

Thought lead­ers like Michelle Obama, Natalie Port­man, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and the con­fer­ence’s host, Sales­force CEO Marc Be­nioff, made it clear that it’s about more than strik­ing a bal­ance; it’s crit­i­cal to a com­pany’s suc­cess.

Sales­force is among thou­sands of tech com­pa­nies suf­fer­ing from a lack of di­ver­sity, specif­i­cally when it comes to gen­der.

While the U.s.-based cloud-com­put­ing com­pany’s tech divi­sion is made up of 77 per cent men, many of them in Canada, the com­pany is try­ing to im­prove.

Sales­force has spent $6 mil­lion over the past four years to bal­ance wages among men and women work­ing in the same roles, ac­cord­ing to chief equality of­fi­cer Tony Prophet.

Chief peo­ple per­son Cindy Rob­bins said other ef­forts in­clude: fund­ing pro­grams around the world that en­cour­age girls and women to pur­sue STEM ca­reers; a com­mit­ment to weed­ing out bias in re­cruit­ing, hir­ing and pro­mot­ing pro­cesses; do­nat­ing prod­ucts and profit to NGOS pro­mot­ing women in tech; and mak­ing equality a fo­cus of their an­nual con­fer­ence, which this year hosted more than 170,000 peo­ple.

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