Mark Benioff on stage at a conference. Photo: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images
Employees at Salesforce are pushing their CEO, Mark Benioff, to end a contract with Customs and Border Patrol supplying the agency software to manage human resources, reports Laura Sydell of NPR.
The details: To date, Salesforce has held on to the contract despite 650 employees signing a petition, per USA Today, requesting to terminate the contract. Benioff defended the company's actions in a tweet.
The big picture: More tech companies and leaders are facing pressure from employees regarding big company decisions on ethical issues and political stances.
- Google employees recently pushed the company to end a contract with the Pentagon for artificial intelligence work.
- 300 Microsoft employees are threatening to quit their jobs over a contract with the Immigration Customs and Enforcement agency.
- Amazon employees are encouraging the company to end contracts with law enforcement that use their facial scanning technology.
Benioff has not shied away from dealing with ethical issues the company has faced in the past as he threatened to move the company out of Georgia if an anti-LGBTQ bill became law.