There are four pillars of equality, including equal pay, equal rights, equal education and equal opportunity.
Salesforce.com (CRM) has a lofty goal of equality for all, and it is bringing its mission to the world stage to encourage other companies to join in its efforts.
“We feel like equality is an equalizer for all of us,” Molly Ford, senior director of global quality at Salesforce, said at the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Silicon Slopes Tech Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, brings together more than 20,000 people to see leaders in the industry discuss new trends and technologies that are empowering the broader tech community. The rise of environmental, social and governance trends over the last several years has prompted many in the tech community to push for social initiatives that enhance the workforce by aptly representing the broader communities that they serve.
For the San Francisco-based software company, there are four pillars of equality: equal pay, equal rights, equal education and equal opportunity. The latter is a primary focus for Ford, as she works on removing the barriers and obstacles to promotion – whether that be racial equality or gender equality – teaching unconscious bias, and empowering employees to be drivers of equality.
“At Salesforce, we’re very clear that we don’t have all the answers, and we may not be doing the best, but we are really out there trying,” Ford said. “We evangelize equality because we want folks to come on this journey with us.
Ford said it is critical for there to be an opportunity and a stage to discuss equality in order to keep it top of mind for other companies. Before the Silicon Slopes Summit, Salesforce executives traveled to Davos-Klosters, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum to share insights on not only equality but also on ethics in technology and how to make the digital globalization inclusive.
“When we take to a stage with events, we’re really trying to share this journey with our customers, share our best practices, our learnings – whether good or bad,” Ford said.