Fourteen technology leaders expressed “firm opposition” to the passage of discriminatory legislation in the state of Texas and, generally, in the United States, because of its impact on companies and their staff, according to Twitter today revealed the CEO of Salesforce .
Salesforce tech executive Marc Benioff added his signature to Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jeff Wilke (Amazon), Tim Cook (Apple) and Sundar Pichai (Google) in a letter to Texas governor, Republican Greg Abbott, characterized by his strong stance “anti-immigration”, among other theses.
“As major employers in the state, we are very concerned that (discriminatory) legislation will profoundly deteriorate Texas’s reputation as open and friendly toward businesses and families,” the executives wrote in the letter, dated Saturday.
Technological leaders criticized their ability to attract, recruit, and retain the best talent; Promote the relocation of new businesses, expansions and investments; And maintaining its economic competitiveness would be “adversely affected”.
“Discrimination is wrong and has no place in Texas or anywhere in our country. Our perspective is based on our values and our long-term commitment to diversity and inclusion,” they said.
Just a week ago, the lower house of Texas ratified the passage of a bill that will prohibit transgender public school students from using the bathroom and locker room that is aligned with their gender identity.
Some of the companies protested a month ago at the state Capitol along with the Texas Welcomes All coalition and Keep Texas Open for Business because of the risks the local economy is running With that bill.