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.