San Francisco-based tech giant, Salesforce, announced plans to enter the web3 space last month. The announcement to build a platform, which would compete with the likes of Opensea, did not sit well with some employees who made their voices heard. The divisiveness comes from employees who feel the entrance into web3 and NFTs violate the company’s ethos and commitment to sustainability.
The web3 space has been largely criticized for its larger effect on the environment, citing examples such as the energy required to mine for currencies. The counterargument has been made that the mining costs associated are still less than typical household appliances, as well as promised efforts to look into more sustainable mining practices. Blockchains such as Solana and Tezos are also two notable examples of environmentally friendly blockchains on which nfts may be traded due to their proof of stake model , and consuming over two million times less energy.
In an interview this week, Chief Revenue Officer at Salesforce announced the company would be holding “Listening Sessions” to hear out employees’ concerns surrounding web3. “It’s something we’ve been looking at.” Patterson said, regarding the worrisome opinions. He then shared, “We’ll take that into account as we continue to develop the proposition.”
Salesforce boasts almost 70,000 employees and currently reported sales reports that exceeded expectations. They anticipate an exceptional year, one of the best in their 23-year history.