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July 16, 2014

Salesforce employs just as many white guys as the rest of the tech world - SF Chronicle

Salesforce employs just as many white guys as the rest of the tech world - SF Chronicle

Posted on Wednesday, July 16 at 11:32am | By Joe Garofoli

As we’ve often documented, San Francisco’s is a philanthropic leader in the region, and has led the charge in trying to address poverty and the wealth divide around the Bay Area.


But its workforce isn’t very diverse — it’s about on par with the rest of the tech industry, which means that it is dominated by white males. What Salesforce is doing that most other tech companies aren’t, is documenting this on its website: 2% Black, 4% Latino; 67% white; 80% white male in tech positions.

Butch Wing, a spokesman for the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push coalition, which has been pushing tech companies to diversify their workforces, said Salesforce must establish a road map for hiring, saying "Marc Benioff and Salesforce are among the tech industry’s most progressive and enlightened voices. They’ve done much to address poverty and inequality in San Francisco and have give serious focus to the issue of inclusion and diversity at their company. But as their workforce numbers indicate — just 2 percent Black and 4 percent Latino — they, too, mirror the dismal minority participation in the tech industry. They must set real goals, targets and timetables — just as they would for any business line — to really move the needle and expand the participation of Blacks and Latinos in tech."

Salesforce is posting the figures because, it says, “At, we know that it takes a variety of different backgrounds, beliefs, and interests to create a more human and connected workplace, and we are committed to building diverse employee communities in our offices around the world. As an open and transparent company, we share our gender and ethnicity statistics.”