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Learn How Salesforce Supports Sustainable Development

Learning Objectives

  • Understand which Global Goals Salesforce.org has committed to.
  • Understand where to go to learn more about the Global Goals.

Salesforce and Sustainable Development

Which Global Goals do Salesforce.org support?

At Salesforce.org, we focus on Global Goals 4, quality education and 8, decent work and economic growth. We do care and take action for all 17 Global Goals, but we focus our energy on education and workforce development.

Equality Through Education

Technovation participants - 5 young women smiling and working on laptops.

The world we envision has more girls enrolled in computer science programs, and more underrepresented youth pursuing technology careers, which is why believe in programs like Technovation. Technovation reduces the gender gap in computer science degrees by providing young women with an accessible coding experience and training in entrepreneurship, supported by peers and mentors—many of whom are part of our Ohana! Eighty Salesforce employees have served as mentors and employees, volunteering more than 500 hours with the organization.

Through the program, girls are tasked with developing a mobile app to solve a problem in their own communities. Girls also learn to plan, develop, and execute a complete business model and technology product. But they gain more than computer science skills—they also learn how to apply this knowledge in real-world situations. This program changes students’ lives. In fact, 58% of Technovation alumnae go on to enroll in more computer science courses, and 26% major in computer science in college (65 times the national rate of 0.4%).

That's why Salesforce.org recently gave a grant of $1 million to Iridescent, the organization behind Technovation, to support and develop the program further. “Technovation changes girls’ lives—it changes the way they view themselves, and more importantly, it changes the way the world sees them—as powerful technology innovators and entrepreneurs,” says Tara Chklovski, founder and CEO of Iridescent. “With this support from Salesforce.org, we are thrilled to empower thousands of underserved girls around the world—girls who would never think that they had the power to lead change in their communities, using technology. We are particularly excited to connect these girls to 4,000 mentors, ensuring that we are creating systemic change in each community.”

Four young women smiling wearing Technovation t-shirts, older woman smiling in the center, tshirts promoting peace hanging in the background.

“It was almost like Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, I suddenly felt that I could have super powers through coding, it was magical! I started to realize that coding can really change the world.” This comes from 13-year old Emma Yang, an alumna of Iridescent.

Since 2010, more than 15,000 girls from over 100 countries have participated in the Technovation curriculum. With the help of volunteer mentors, they’ve produced mobile “startups” that have helped address problems in local and global communities the world over. After making it to the Technovation finals, Emma went on to create the first-ever mobile application specifically for those with Alzheimer’s. Prior to the Technovation program she had limited computer experience.

“It’s cool to be a geek, and there is nothing wrong for girls to be geeks,” says Emma.

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor and having an impact on a young girl’s life, check out Technovation to sign up.

Youth Workforce Development

Young man oozing with confident adjusting his tie in a Salesforce office.

Salesforce.org has partnered with organizations that share our values and vision and are supported by a strong network of internal advocates at Salesforce. These programs have grown at Salesforce and Salesforce.org because the students are well-prepared for work, expertly matched with managers, and show a return on investment.

Program goals:

  • Provide paid work experience focusing on 21st-century skills.
  • Help people aged 14–24, especially girls and opportunity youth, gain work experience.
  • Increase students’ interest in technology.
  • Diversify the technology talent pipeline by partnering with innovative nonprofits.
  • Offer Salesforce employees opportunities to support and mentor rising talent.
  • Allow new minds and fresh voices to influence the future of technology.

Salesforce is committed to workforce development through Futureforce, a set of diverse programs dedicated to training and hiring for the jobs of tomorrow. These efforts, all of which stress equality for all, include university recruitment, computer science curriculum in K–12 schools, training for thousands of veterans and their spouses, an interactive learning platform for technology skills, and hundreds of apprenticeships for urban youth, more than half of whom we’ve hired.

Our Futureforce apprenticeships provide hands-on, corporate experience to help develop and train the workforce of tomorrow. We partner with global workforce development organizations to provide training and apprenticeship opportunities for urban youth, refugees, and adults with disabilities to transition to the digital economy where we specialize.

  • Each year, we welcome hundreds of apprentices at our Salesforce offices around the world, introducing them to new skills, training, and mentors, all while working on real projects that affect how our business runs.
  • We work with  Year Up, which offers low-income young adults training, internship, and apprenticeship opportunities. Since 2008, we’ve hosted more than 250 Year Up interns—and hired more than 50% of them. And Salesforce helps Year Up track students’ successes throughout every stage of the program.
  • In the Bay Area and Chicago, we work with Genesys Works, which enables underrepresented high school students to thrive by providing meaningful paid internship at major companies. Since 2013, we’ve hosted more than 60 Genesys Works interns and our employees have volunteered over 1,000 hours with the organization.
  • In Germany, we work with jobs4refugees, which matches Salesforce employees with refugees for a 6-month commitment to help integrate new arrivals into the German community and support their entry into the job market.
  • Many major apprenticeship programs in the US run on the Salesforce platform, including the Department of Labor’s ApprenticeshipUSA, Hire Our Heroes (a U.S. Chamber of Commerce initiative), and CareerWise Colorado.

Now it’s your turn! What can you do to make a difference for the Global Goals?

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