Inclusion and diversity are core values at Whirlpool Corporation because we know that drawing people from diverse points of view improves our products, our services and our teams’ ability to do well. We recognize that we are on an ongoing journey and are therefore committed to bold goals and meaningful action to cultivate an even stronger, more inclusive and diverse culture in the workplace as well as in the communities where we work and live. Inclusion creates a culture of belonging; diversity makes us better.
In 2020, we developed an Executive Inclusion & Diversity Council composed of senior leaders from across the company focused on identifying and eliminating barriers to inclusion. The Council is tasked with providing insight, guidance and advice to our long-term Global Inclusion & Diversity strategy and short-term priorities, ensuring alignment with the business strategy. The primary role of the Council is to drive accountability and deliver sustainable results in every region of the world.
Racial Equality Pledge
Racism has no place in the world or at Whirlpool Corporation. Inclusion and Diversity are at the very core of who we are as a company. With racial injustice at the forefront in 2020, we committed ourselves to listening and learning from those who have borne the brunt of these inequities for decades. And we started on that effort with our own employees and local communities. As a result, we announced a racial equality pledge, which commits Whirlpool Corporation to drive sustainable positive impact for all our current and future Black colleagues and our local communities. The pledge is intended to be a multi-year journey with key milestones along the way to ensure we are making progress. We believe this initiative will ultimately benefit all underrepresented minorities.
In the months since we announced the pledge in July 2020, we created a Steering Committee led by our Chairman and CEO that meets monthly to review actions, progress and investments. Over 200 employee volunteers are executing on 16 work streams that have defined charters and measurable outcomes to be delivered over the next five years.
While the pledge is focused on the U.S., it is rooted in our global values, and many of the actions we take will be mirrored internationally. Our commitment is clear: we will have a zero-tolerance policy for racial marginalization within Whirlpool Corporation, and this will be regularly communicated across the entire organization. This effort is championed by our Chairman and CEO, and all people leaders and individual leaders will be held accountable to help achieve the objectives we have set out.