Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff attends a meeting with US President Joe Biden and private sector CEOs in the State Dining Room of the White House on January 26, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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Salesforce told employees in a Slack message Thursday that the company will help them relocate if they are concerned about access to abortions or other medical procedures after the U.S. Supreme Court expected Roe v. Wade would be crushed.
“If you have concerns about accessing critical healthcare in your state, Salesforce offers financial travel assistance available through our healthcare providers and/or assists you and your immediate family with relocation,” said Brent Hyder, President of Salesforce and Chief People Officer, wrote in the Slack post viewed by CNBC.
A Salesforce representative declined to comment.
Salesforce and other big tech companies have pledged to cover travel expenses for their employees who may need to travel for abortions. They began informing staff about the option after a leaked draft Supreme Court opinion last week revealed the Supreme Court’s apparent intent to overturn the 1973 ruling that made access to a safe abortion a constitutional right.
According to the nonprofit Guttmacher Institute, 26 of the 50 U.S. states would or will ban abortion if Roe is tipped.
Hyder directed employees to internally available information on reproductive health travel and relocation services. He said Lori Castillo Martinez, the company’s gender equality officer, “and I want to acknowledge that the recent news on this issue is deeply personal for many, especially women.”
The Company also offers advice from Lyra Health, a start-up focused on providing mental health services to businesses and other organizations.
“If you’re struggling with the latest reproductive health news, a Lyra counselor will conduct small group sessions (25 people maximum) that focus on guiding employees through ways to manage stress,” wrote hyder
Amazon and Apple have agreed to reimburse employees who get abortions in other states, CNBC reported a day after the draft advisory leaked. Microsoft has also joined the fight.
“Microsoft will continue to do everything we can legally do to protect the rights of our employees and to help employees and their enrolled dependents access critical health care – which already includes services like abortion and gender-affirming care – regardless of where they are in.” live in the US,” a Microsoft spokesman wrote in an email. “This support is expanded to include travel support for these and other medical services when access to care is limited in an employee’s home geographic region.”
Salesforce has been outspoken on social issues in the past, including in September when co-CEO Marc Benioff said on Twitter the company would help employees leave Texas after an anti-abortion law went into effect in the state.
In 2015, Benioff said that Salesforce “was forced to drastically reduce our investments in Indiana” because of customer and employee dissatisfaction with the state’s Restoration of Religious Freedom Act. Critics feared the law would allow companies to refuse services to LGBTQ people on religious grounds. Salesforce has a large presence in Indiana because it’s home to ExactTarget, which Salesforce acquired in 2013 for $2.5 billion.
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