Whirlpool is committed to operating sustainably and to creating shareholder value through the highest standards of ethical and legal conduct over the long term. Our Board of Directors, sound corporate governance structure and values-driven culture of integrity support us in delivering on this commitment.
Our diverse and experienced Board is comprised of 13 directors including an independent Presiding Director and one employee director, our Chairman and CEO Marc Bitzer. Our Board includes leaders with experience and demonstrated expertise in many substantive areas that impact our business and align with our strategy, including product development, digital marketing/branded consumer products, cybersecurity, and innovation, technology and engineering leadership. During 2021, our Board had four committees: Audit, Corporate Governance and Nominating, Human Resources, and Finance.
Each Board committee consists solely of independent directors and operates under a charter that provides the key duties and responsibilities of each committee. Each director attended at least 75% of the total number of meetings of the Board and the Board committees on which they served.
Our Board is responsible for overseeing Whirlpool Corporation’s integration of ESG principles throughout the company. Senior leaders in key global functions comprise our ESG Councils which establish and oversee the company’s strategic priorities on relevant ESG issues. We have a responsibility to leave the world a better place now and for generations to come, and we forge ahead as we’ve always done: doing the right thing, the right way, with integrity.