Salesforce

Ohana Groups

Challenge

Create internal communities to help facilitate tough conversations, unearth issues for the company to rally around, and ensure employees feel included.

Actions

Salesforce supports nine employee resource groups, called Ohana Groups, to provide a community for underrepresented groups and their allies, offer professional development and mentoring opportunities, and empower employees to be responsive equality leaders in their community. One out of every three Salesforce employees participate in one or more Ohana Groups. These groups are critical to our culture and help attract and retain a diverse workforce.

Current Ohana Groups include:

  • BOLDforce empowers and expands the black community at Salesforce, providing a platform for Black and African American employees to elevate their voices, give back to their community and develop their careers through a network of supportive allies across the company.
  • Outforce brings together employees who are allies of equality in sexual orientation and gender identity, promoting an open and inclusive culture that empowers employees to bring their authentic selves to work.
  • Salesforce Women’s Network empowers, supports, and invests in our global community for women, working toward gender equality in the workplace and beyond.

Other Ohana groups are Abilityforce, Earthforce, Latinoforce, Pacficforce, SouthAsiaforce and Vetforce.

Outcomes

Ohana Groups have helped foster diversity and inclusion within Salesforce and the communities where employees live and work.

In 2016, more than 1,500 Outforce members and their friends and families participated in 14 global Pride celebrations across 6 countries. Additionally, Outforce raised over $35K for the Trevor Project at last year's Dreamforce, Salesforce's annual conference, from its Outfierce fundraising party.

In addition, BOLDforce partners with organizations like Black Girls Code, Year Up, Code 2040 and Self e-STEM to help build the diverse workforce of the future.

As business leaders, we have a responsibility to stand up to discrimination and make equality part of the fabric of our companies. We are better people, companies and communities when we commit to equal pay, equal opportunity, equal education and equal rights. Salesforce is proud to take the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge.

Marc Benioff, Chairman & CEO, Salesforce

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