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Salesforce employees petition Marc Benioff to end US government work

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Hundreds of Salesforce employees have signed a petition (opens in new tab) to ask their company to stop working with the US government. This is now the third major tech company whose employees want to cut ties with government agencies and institutions.

A total of 650 employees have asked their chief Marc Benioff to terminate the work the company does with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), following news that immigrant children were being separated from their parents at the border.

This March, Salesforce signed a deal with CBP to build software for hiring purposes. The software is called Community Cloud, and its goal is to “increase core human resources information technology capabilities for current and prospective employees, while at the same time, driving efficiencies throughout the process.”

“We are particularly concerned about the use of Service Cloud to manage border activities," the employees' letter reads. "Given the inhumane separation of children from their parents currently taking place at the border, we believe that our core value of Equality is at stake and that Salesforce should reexamine our contractual relationship with CBP and speak out against its practices."

Salesforce reacted, saying they were proud of their employees for voicing their opinion, but didn’t announce any moves. The company spokesperson said: "One of the greatest things about being part of the Salesforce family is that we proudly foster an open exchange of ideas and dialogue. We’re proud of our employees for being passionate and vocal, and will continue the conversation on this and other important matters."

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