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Salesforce CEO claps back at 'anti-woke' investor

Salesforce CEO claps back at 'anti-woke' investor

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff recently responded to an investor who criticized the company's "woke" stance on social issues. In a letter to shareholders, Benioff pushed back against the investor's comments, defending the company's commitment to social responsibility and diversity.

The investor, who has not been publicly identified, had sent a letter to Benioff criticizing the company's public stance on issues such as voting rights and racial justice. The investor reportedly accused Salesforce of focusing too much on politics and not enough on its core business.

In his response, Benioff defended Salesforce's actions, arguing that social responsibility was a core part of the company's values and mission. He pointed to the company's efforts to promote diversity and equity, including the establishment of a Chief Equality Officer position and the implementation of a program to help employees learn about unconscious bias.

Benioff also highlighted Salesforce's commitment to the broader community, pointing to the company's support for initiatives such as the Voting Rights Act and its investment in local communities through programs like its 1-1-1 philanthropy model.

The exchange between Benioff and the investor highlights the growing divide between companies that prioritize social responsibility and those that prioritize profits above all else. As more consumers demand that companies take a stand on social and political issues, some investors have pushed back, arguing that such actions are a distraction from the company's primary goal of making money for shareholders.

However, many companies, including Salesforce, argue that social responsibility is not only the right thing to do, but also makes good business sense. By taking a stand on issues that are important to their employees and customers, companies can strengthen their brand and build long-term loyalty.

In related news, Salesforce recently announced that it was acquiring Slack, the popular messaging app used by many businesses. The $27.7 billion deal is one of the largest in Salesforce's history and marks the company's biggest push yet into the world of workplace collaboration.

Under the terms of the deal, Salesforce will acquire Slack for a combination of cash and stock, with Slack shareholders receiving $26.79 in cash and 0.0776 shares of Salesforce common stock for each share of Slack. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021, pending regulatory approval.

The acquisition of Slack is seen as a major move for Salesforce, which has been seeking to expand its offerings beyond its core customer relationship management (CRM) software. With the addition of Slack's messaging and collaboration tools, Salesforce hopes to create a more integrated platform that can help businesses manage all aspects of their operations.

The move is also expected to put Salesforce in direct competition with Microsoft, which has been heavily promoting its own collaboration tool, Teams. However, Salesforce executives have downplayed the idea that the company is trying to take on Microsoft directly, instead framing the acquisition as part of a broader effort to help businesses navigate the challenges of remote work and digital transformation.

Benioff also highlighted Salesforce's commitment to the broader community, pointing to the company's support for initiatives such as the Voting Rights Act and its investment in local communities through programs like its 1-1-1 philanthropy model.

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