Inclusion & Diversity
Every day, with every effort, we strive to welcome, hear, respect, and value everyone. Our strength at Whirlpool Corporation is in our differences.
Inclusion and Diversity have been pillars of our global enduring values for a long time. While this racial equality pledge has a U.S. focus, it is rooted in our global values and many of the actions will be mirrored in other parts of the world. The commitment should be crystal clear: we will have a zero tolerance policy for racial marginalization within the company, one that will regularly be communicated across the entire organization.
We do recognize racial inequality is a much broader societal issue with a long history. While our actions focus on our “four walls” and our local communities, we hope that these actions will have a ripple effect on society at large.
Driving Equity Where Everyone Can Thrive
Inclusion & Diversity is a core value at Whirlpool Corporation because we know that drawing from diverse points of view improves our products, services, our teams, and each other. Yet we recognize we are on an ongoing journey and we are committed to new, bold goals and meaningful action to cultivate an even stronger inclusive and diverse workplace, as well as in the communities where we work and live. Inclusion creates a culture of belonging, diversity makes us better.
Catalyst? CEO Champions For Change Pledge
In 2018, our CEO Marc Bitzer became a Catalyst CEO Champion For Change signatory with the pledge to increase Whirlpool Corporation’s female representation in executive and senior-level positions helps to ensure accelerated inclusion of women, including women of color, in senior roles during the next five years.
Catalyst CEO Champions For Change is a global inclusion and diversity initiative that aims to advance more women into leadership positions. CEO Marc Bitzer’s personal commitment will involve: actively sponsoring female employees at Whirlpool Corporation, acting as a role model for positive change, empowering women in their careers, encouraging inclusivity in the workplace, and holding himself and other company leaders accountable.
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“More female leaders will only make Whirlpool Corporation stronger. With millions of consumers using our products everyday around the world, our company benefits from a diverse employee base that mirrors those consumers we serve. This public pledge reinforces our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion which has been a core value of the company for decades.”
Chairman and CEO Marc Bitzer will become a founding member of OneTen, a coalition of leading executives who are coming together to create 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.
Launched with 36 other CEOs across a variety of industries, our company will work with partner organizations to continue to improve workplace inclusivity practices and provide opportunities for Black Americans. These actions align with our commitment to foster an inclusive and diverse culture where all employees feel welcomed, respected, valued and heard.
We Are Creating An Inclusive Culture
Working at Whirlpool is about feeling welcome and included from the first contact. It is embracing your differences and finding value in them. It’s being able to use your creativity to improve life at home for millions of people. It is growing with the same opportunities in an international and digital environment where the future is today.
I’m so proud to work for a company that celebrates our differences and strives for an environment where all employees feel valued. My experiences working within our employee resource groups has positively impacted both our internal Whirlpool and external local communities.
My colleagues at Whirlpool have always made it feasible for me to bring my full, authentic self to work. Their support and encouragement has created an inclusive environment that has afforded me the opportunity to accelerate my career and make a lasting impact within the organization.
I enjoy working for a company that truly believes in Inclusion & Diversity and has made this initiative a focus within our strategic agenda. I felt heard and encouraged when our CEO signed the Whirlpool Racial Equality Pledge in the midst of racial injustices taking place in our country. It is important that the workplace culture encourages, embraces and celebrates each employee’s unique contributions.
Throughout my career with Whirlpool, I have consistently felt valued and supported as an African American employee. From all levels of leadership, I have been empowered to give back to the community and have been provided the tools, platform, and resources to do so.
For a foreign national like myself, Whirlpool is SO much more than just a place of work. Whirlpool is also my family and school. Over the years, Whirlpool has always supported me, my family and my career to grow and flourish.
Employee Resource Groups
Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are essential in attracting, engaging, and retaining a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive workplace. The groups continue to raise awareness for an inclusive culture, representing eight under-represented groups in North America; two in our Europe, Middle East, Africa region; two in Latin America South; four in Latin America North; and one in Asia.
The Whirlpool Asian Network (WAN) empower Asian talents to realize their true potential. Since its inception in 2002, WAN has grown from 20 to over 300 passionate members who endorse Asian culture and celebrate the success it brings to our company. (North America)
Awareness of Visible and Invisible Disabilities (AVID)
The AVID Employee Resource Group is exists to create a fully inclusive work environment and promote equality for people with disabilities by engaging Whirlpool Corporation, its employees, and the community. (North America)
FOCUS Network engages with colleagues and leaders to build awareness and FOCUS on the potential that African Americans and Black colleagues bring to Whirlpool Corporation. (North America)
Hispanic & Latino Network
The Whirlpool Hispanic & Latino Network (WHL) encourages and supports employees to achieve their professional goals, while creating an environment that embraces the Hispanic & Latino culture. (North America)
Our Pride Network(s) create a fully inclusive work environment while promoting equality, to connect our brands with LGBTQ consumers by supporting Whirpool employees, the business and the community. (North America, Mexico, Brazil)
The Whirlpool Veterans Association assists in the recruiting, on-boarding, mentoring and retention of veterans and their families; as well as helping Whirlpool optimize our veteran talent. (North America)
The Whirlpool Women’s Network (WWN) empowers and engages women at all levels within our corporation and community to ensure that all voices are heard. The ERG supports women through engagement, development and career progression. (North America, EMEA, Brazil, Mexico, Asia)
Young Professionals Network
Our Whirlpool Young Professionals are networking groups that help build community and encourage every young person to be engaged, active in career development, and share knowledge to achieve extraordinary results. (North America, EMEA, Mexico)