- Since the onset of the global COVID-19 crisis, our employees were ready to take action to protect each other and our communities, from donating supplies and critical personal protective equipment for local hospitals and health organizations to designing and manufacturing the Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR), a life-saving innovation, in just seven weeks.
- In 2020, we dramatically accelerated our efforts to drive a sustainable, positive impact for all our current and future Black colleagues and our local communities. Through OUR PLEDGE to Equality and Fairness for our Black Colleagues, a multi-year action plan in the U.S. to drive sustainable, positive impact for all current and future Black colleagues and the local community—which will ultimately help all underrepresented groups within the company. I am also honored to be a founding member of OneTen, an organization with the mission to train, hire and advance one million Black Americans over the next 10 years into family-sustaining jobs with opportunities for advancement.
- For the first time, we are formally sharing information on our climate-related risks and opportunities under the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework in addition to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) frameworks. We have also expanded the integration of ESG principles throughout our business with the formation of ESG Councils led by members of our Executive Committee and an expanded ESG Task Force.
- Our commitment to improving gender and underrepresented minorities at all levels of our company includes Whirlpool Corporation’s Board of Directors. In 2020, we achieved 33% female representation and 25% racial and ethnic minority representation of non-employee directors. We still have progress to make in these areas and we will continue to focus on representation at all levels in 2021 and beyond.
As we navigate our new reality, we continue to be guided by our vision to be the best kitchen and laundry company, in constant pursuit of improving life at home. Throughout this report, you will find examples of our employees’ work, together as One Whirlpool, to deliver on our current goals and set even more aggressive targets for years to come. It is this commitment that uniquely positions us to both aid the energy transition and deliver compelling innovation with meaningful societal impact.
Chairman & CEO