Emails obtained by the Guardian raise questions about Marc Benioffs handling of protests over links to US immigration agency
The technology company Salesforce is facing mounting pressure to cancel its contract with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), with protests targeting its CEO, Marc Benioff, on Tuesday.
Emails from Benioff, recently obtained by the Guardian, have also raised questions about the billionaire founders response to the backlash against his cloud computing company. CBP, a law enforcement agency that carries out Donald Trumps anti-immigrant agenda, began using Salesforce products this year to manage border activities and modernize its recruiting process.
At the height of the family separation crisis over the summer, Benioff contacted a leading not-for-profit group to discuss the growing opposition to his firms contract and then backed out of a call at the last minute, saying he was busy with vacation activities, the emails showed.
I am sorry Im actually scuba diving right now, Benioff wrote to Jonathan Ryan, the executive director of the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (Raices) on 23 July, the day of their scheduled call.
The first thought in my mind was, What is this guy thinking? Ryan said in a recent interview. Im managing the crisis of my lifetime, which is nothing compared to the collective crisis of all the people we are trying to help Its one thing to be too busy. Its another thing to be too busy because youre scuba diving.
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