Salesforce announced its milestone of delivering over 3 million upskilling opportunities to women within the first year, surpassing its 500,000 commitment. The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) Upskilling Initiative, launched by the U.S. Department of Commerce in September 2022, gives access to digital skills training and education to women.
“I am thrilled to see the progress that private companies like Salesforce are making under the IPEF Upskilling Initiative to empower women and girls around the world, and I look forward to hearing about the actions that all the private sector partners are similarly taking since the launch of this public-private partnership,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo.
Women across India, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and more underwent upskilling opportunities to bridge the gender gap in IT and other information services where only 25.1% of all employment is female.
Salesforce partnered with governments, public sector organizations, and nonprofits across the region to provide access for women on its free online learning platform, training events, self-paced e-learning courses, and job certifications.
“Salesforce believes that business is a platform for change and, as part of that effort, we are committed to bridging the gender skills gap in the Indo-Pacific region. The benefits of technology must be accessible to all, and diverse voices and talents must be nurtured in the global workforce,” said William Sim, vice president, of Trailhead Academy, Asia-Pacific, Salesforce.