As San Francisco cloud-services company Salesforce seeks to up its federal-contracting game, hundreds of employees have launched a mutiny against the firm’s purported work for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, according to a new report.
The missive from Salesforce workers follows uprisings at other tech companies including Google, among workers angered at their employers’ government work.
Hundreds of Salesforce workers signed a letter to CEO Marc Benioff attacking Salesforce’s contracts with Border Protection, according to a report from Bloomberg.
Workers recently discovered that Border Protection is using three Salesforce products for “border activities,” according to Bloomberg.
The apparent employee revolt comes amid a nation-wide furor over President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy at the U.S. border that has seen asylum seekers forcibly separated from their children.
“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.
“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.”
The federal agency is one of several involved in enforcing U.S. laws and policies at America’s southern border. Trump last week signed an executive order intended to end the separations, but questions remain over how seized children will be reunited with their parents.
More than 650 employees at Salesforce signed the letter, Bloomberg reported.
A Salesforce spokeswoman told the news outlet that the firm believes every human life has “equal value” and all people should be treated with “dignity and respect.”
“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,” the spokeswoman told Bloomberg.
About a month ago, upset Google employees forced the company to promise not to renew a Pentagon contract for work on Project Maven, involving analysis of drone-gathered footage. Microsoft workers have complained about the firm’s work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Amazon employees have asked their CEO Jeff Bezos to stop selling its facial-recognition software to police, according to the report.
Salesforce is striving to get more government contracts, with chief operating officer Keith Block telling analysts in a May conference call that the company had signed its biggest-ever public sector deal, with a U.S. Department of Agriculture contract.
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