Hundreds of Salesforce.com Inc. employees have reportedly signed a petition asking Chief Executive Marc Benioff to re-evaluate the company’s contracts with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in response to the Trump administration’s recent border crackdown.
“Given the inhuman separation from their parents currently taking place at the border, we believe that our core value of Equality is at stake and that Salesforce should re-examine our contractual relationship with CBP and speak out against its practices,” the letter said, according to Bloomberg News. “We want our work at Salesforce to have a positive impact on our friends and neighbors, not to make us complicit in the inhumane treatment of vulnerable people.”
In a statement to Bloomberg, a spokesperson for the San Francisco-based company said: “We are not working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection regarding the separation of families at the border. And we are not aware of any Salesforce services being used by CBP for this purpose.”
“We’re proud of our employees for being passionate and vocal, and will continue the conversation on this and other important matters,” the spokesperson said.
Benioff has been an outspoken voice of social activism, but the protest comes at a time when Salesforce is trying to secure more government contracts.
The employees’ protest is the latest in a trend at tech companies. Last week, Microsoft Corp.
issued a statement critical of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying it was “dismayed” by the policy of separating children from their parents at the border after a report that a number of employees were considering quitting their jobs over the company’s ties with ICE.
Employees’ criticism also forced Alphabet Inc.
to recently bar its artificial-intelligence from being used for military uses, and Amazon.com Inc.
employees have protested the sale of the company’s facial-recognition software to law-enforcement agencies.