Salesforce hires its first Chief Ethical and Humane Use Officer
“We’re at an important inflection point as an industry, and I’m excited to work with this team to chart a path forward,” Goldman said in Salesforce’s statement on Monday.
While Benioff has been critical of other technology companies and has called for increased government regulation in certain areas, his company has faced some challenges of its own. More than 650 Salesforce employees signed a petition in June to Benioff over the software company’s contracts with the U.S. Customers and Border Protection Agency. Three months before that, Salesforce put out a press release announcing that the CPB is using Salesforce analytics and cloud products “to modernize its recruiting process, from hire to retire, and manage border activities and digital engagement with citizens.”
Protesters gathered at Salesforce’s massive Dreamforce conference in September, claiming that the company was complicit in the government’s immigration policy, including the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Google and Microsoft have also faced internal dissent regarding bids for a contract with the Pentagon, particularly in regard to how their artificial intelligence technology would be used to aid in warfare.
Benioff has inserted in voice into other hot-button social and political debates of late. Ahead of the mid-term elections last month, he supported a measure that would force tech companies in San Francisco to pay a hefty tax that would go toward helping the city’s homeless population, putting him at odds with other tech leaders like Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
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