Salesforce CEO says employees won’t travel to Indiana

According to the Indy Star: Salesforce won’t travel to Indiana over religious freedom law

Soon after Gov. Mike Pence signed the religious freedom bill into law Thursday, Salesforce.com founder and CEO Marc Benioff announced on Twitter that he would no longer send employees or customers to Indiana.

“Today we are canceling all programs that require our customers/employees to travel to Indiana to face discrimination,” he tweeted.

Salesforce, a cloud computing company headquartered in San Francisco, acquired Indianapolis-based marketing software company ExactTarget last year for $2.5 billion.

Pence signed the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act in a private ceremony Thursday.

Business leaders in the tech community had addressed a letter to him urging him to veto the measure.

“As leaders of technology companies, we not only disagree with this legislation on a personal level, but the RFRA will adversely impact our ability to recruit and retain the best and the brightest talent in the technology sector,” the letter reads. “Technology professionals are by their nature very progressive, and backward-looking legislation such as the RFRA will make the state of Indiana a less appealing place to live and work.”

In a tweet sent out to his 150,000 followers Wednesday night, Benioff said his cloud computing company would be “forced to dramatically reduce (its) investment in IN based on (its) employee’s & customer’s outrage over the Religious Freedom Bill.”

A request for clarification of the statement and how RFRA’s passing would impact Salesforce customers and employees in Indiana was not immediately returned.

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