Public Policy

Advancing our values through policy.

At Workday, trust and transparency are core to everything we do. That’s why we advocate for policies that bolster trust in technology and enable growth and innovation.

Building Trust in AI and ML Through Principles, Practice, and Policy
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Bolstering Trusted AI/ML Innovation with Policy
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The Future of EU-U.S. Data Flows
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What we do.

Our corporate affairs team works with policymakers and regulators to advance our public policy goals, while collaborating with civil society and industry on technology partnerships for good.

Our policy priorities.



The privacy of our customers’ data has always been of the utmost priority to Workday. We are proud to be a leading industry voice on privacy issues, supporting strong, comprehensive privacy protections in the U.S. and around the world.

Engaging with policymakers.

We’ve worked with U.S. and global policymakers on privacy measures like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act, and Privacy Shield to protect privacy while enabling cross-border data transfers.

Speaking up.

At Workday, we believe privacy is a fundamental right, and we support U.S. federal privacy legislation that is based on the OECD Fair Information Principles, recognizes the distinct obligations of data controllers and processors, is interoperable with GDPR, and is backed by robust enforcement.

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Spearheading compliance.

We were among the first companies to certify to Privacy Shield, the first company to certify to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Privacy Recognition for Processors (PRP) System, and the first cloud service provider to adhere to the EU Cloud Code of Conduct—all while supporting the free flow of data.

Workforce Development

The world of work is changing rapidly. Emerging technologies, like artificial intelligence and machine learning, along with a skills-based approach to employment and involvement from policymakers, can help companies and workers navigate this change.

A skills-centric approach to workforce change.

Changes in the workforce will make skills more important than ever. We’re focusing on how governments and the private sector can embrace skills in their approaches to hiring and training.

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Matching talent to opportunity.

New technologies can help workers better represent their skills and allow employers to best match talent to opportunity. That’s why Workday has launched products and features like the machine-learning-powered Skills Cloud.

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The role for government.

We released a white paper recommending that governments support a skills-based approach to hiring, incentives for targeted worker reskilling, the uptake of standardized and reliable digital credentials, and the development of open workforce data infrastructure.

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AI Ethics

At Workday, we understand the incredible potential of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), as well as the requisite need to ensure that these technologies are used responsibly.

Living by principles of ethical AI.

We commit to our six AI ethics principles in all of our AI/ML development and deployment, as shown by our work to operationalize them.

Advocating for a risk management framework.

We recognize the need for government to play a role in regulating AI. In the U.S., we’re leading efforts to educate and engage with policymakers, such as encouraging the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) to launch a collaborative, voluntary risk management framework for AI. 

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Leading by example.

Workday was one of a small number of companies to pilot and evaluate the Trustworthy AI Assessment List developed by the EU’s High-Level Expert Group on AI.

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At Workday, we’ve always taken the view that technology isn’t an inexorable force; society ultimately determines its use and impact.

—Jim Shaughnessy, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs

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