Affirmative action reversed in college. Next target: diversity at work

For years, Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, has crusaded for stakeholder capitalism, the idea that business leaders should value the well-being of people and the planet along with the interests of shareholders. These “woke” beliefs – Salesforce offered to relocate employees who were concerned about being able to get an […]

For years, Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, has crusaded for stakeholder capitalism, the idea that business leaders should value the well-being of people and the planet along with the interests of shareholders.

These “woke” beliefs – Salesforce offered to relocate employees who were concerned about being able to get an abortion in Texas and stopped selling software to retailers that stock military-style rifles, and Benioff spoke out against Georgia and North Carolina for passing laws that would allow LGBTQ  discrimination – have gotten this activist CEO in hot water with conservatives who say he’s sacrificing profits for politics.

But Benioff hasn’t backed off. Last fall, Salesforce sided with Harvard University and the University of North Carolina in a pair of cases before the Supreme Court challenging the practice of considering race in admissions to build diversity on college campuses.

Co-founder, chairman and CEO of software company Salesforce Marc Benioff attends a session at the Congress centre during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos on January 17, 2023.

In a 6-3 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the high court on Thursday struck down affirmative action in college admissions.

The decision is limited to higher education and won’t directly affect employers like Salesforce, which are governed by a different statute. But the ripple effects from the ruling could come quickly, starting with a decline in college graduates from underrepresented backgrounds, meaning the loss of “a pipeline of highly qualified future workers and business leaders,” companies from Google to General Electric warned the Supreme Court.

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