Salesforce CEO says his company will leave red states if pro-life legislation is passed

"If you're not for equality and dignity, then this is something that I cannot work with," said Benioff.

Updated: September 25, 2022 - 3:23pm

Salesforce Co-CEO Marc Benioff appeared on CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow on Friday where he threatened to pull his software company's operations from states that pass pro-life legislation, and offend his values in other ways as well. 

"If you're not for equality and dignity, then this is something that I cannot work with, and then we're going to have to exit your city or your state," Benioff stated on Friday. 

Since the overturn of Roe v. Wade in June, Salesforce has stated that it would be willing to pay the expenses of employees who wanted to move out of red states that would restrict abortion access, Breitbart reports. 

During the CNN interview, Harlow pressed Benioff to explain who he thought was "crazy" in regards to abortion. He brought up the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act from 2015. Benioff had announced plans to cancel programs that would require customers and employees to travel to Indiana after then-Governor Mike Pence signed the act. 

When the Texas Heartbeat Act was passed in 2021, Benioff said via Twitter that he would help cover expenses of employees wanting to move out of the red state. 

"Ohana if you want to move we'll help you exit TX," Benioff tweeted back in 2021, according to CBS.

"We have to be for equality. We have to be for dignity," Benioff said on CNN Newsroom, regarding his decision to help employees move out of pro-life states.