Proactive

Salesforce CEO makes big move for pay equality

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Pay equality seems to be having a big moment, with politicians, activists and Hollywood actresses alike beating the drum for equal pay. Now Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce, a multi-billion dollar cloud-based software company, is heeding the call. He told the Huffington Post that he will be reviewing the salaries of his 16,000 employees to make sure men and women are paid fairly. Benioff has already given a couple of women raises and said he expects to be giving a lot more over the next couple of years: “My job is to make sure that women are treated 100 percent equally at Salesforce in pay, opportunity and advancement,” he said. The pay gap persists for a host of different reasons. Women were still only making about 77 cents to a man’s dollar. With this initiative, Benioff acknowledges that it’s not just a question of “leaning in” for women, but that companies can help drive change, too. This new effort is part of a program called “Women’s Surge,” which Benioff put in place in 2013 after he realized there weren’t nearly enough women at his 16-year-old company. As part of the initiative, the company now makes sure women make up at least 30 percent of the attendees at any meeting, are well-represented at their conferences, and are a priority when it comes to hiring and promotion. These things are all but self-evident in the male-dominated tech sector, so even a progressive company as Salesforce still has a long way to go. As of June 2014, about 85 percent of its leadership positions were filled by men.

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.

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