Global Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Senior Director, Camille Pierce is here to make a positive impact at Whirlpool Corporation. D&I refers to the differences and similarities that include values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds, and more, represented in a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, and can contribute and access support equally and fully. “You can’t reap the benefits of a diverse organization without first being inclusive,” said Pierce.
Camille began her journey at Whirlpool over eighteen months ago with an array of responsibilities in Talent Development. However, as senior leadership acknowledged that we are not where we need to be with D&I, a choice was made to dedicate resources solely to this area, with the intent of elevating its visibility and focus. Camille was appointed to lead this important effort.
“My vision is that we create a culture where every one of our employees is able to bring their authentic and best selves to work and reach their full potential, so that Whirlpool can win. The diverse perspectives of our employees will enable us to make better business decisions that improve the lives of our current and future consumers,” said Pierce. “D&I is how we achieve great results. It must be embedded in our business strategies, talent processes, and culture, and not seen as an add-on or one-off. Furthermore, it has to be led by our business leaders, and not by HR alone.”
One of the biggest accomplishments that Whirlpool has had in the D&I space over the years is the creation and utilization of eight Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that play a significant role in attracting, engaging, and retaining employees who identify with one or several of the following populations: women, ethnic, millennials, disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ. Still, Pierce notes that “while the efforts of the ERGs are commendable, we need to make better and faster progress in advancing women and other minority groups to higher levels of leadership, where the actual business decisions are made.”
As for the future, Camille understands that this journey will take time. “There is no silver bullet to achieve D&I goals. But if we each do our part and take the right actions in a sustainable way, we will be successful.”