Global Ethics, Integrity and Compliance
Whirlpool Corp.’s Ethics and Compliance Program represents our sustained commitment to empowering employees, sustaining a living “Speak Up, Listen Up” culture and ensuring that our integrity value is activated every day so we can maintain the trust of consumers, colleagues, stakeholders and the communities where we live and work.
Ethics and Compliance is the manifestation of what we do as an organization. Our strategic approach is to have a dynamic, agile and evolving risk-based global ethics and compliance program that inspires stakeholder confidence in a culture of high integrity, empowers confident and educated teams that understand the importance of integrity in the global marketplace, and proactively manages and responds to risks, whether potential or current.
Whirlpool Corp.’s Global Ethics and Compliance Program is focused on enhancing and sustaining our culture of winning with integrity, empowering employees with tools and resources to act with integrity, within a risk-based framework. Our program puts our integrity value at the forefront and empowers our employees to keep it there. A cornerstone of our program is Our Integrity Manual, or code of ethics.
An example of this strong leadership by our Global Ethics and Compliance Team and cross-functional partners was our response to the geopolitical and global economic events of 2022. From the Global Ethics and Compliance Team’s leadership during our response, to the sanctions and export control issues raised by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, to working with our cross-functional partners to address a myriad regulatory and legal issues related to human rights and supply chain disruptions, the Global Ethics and Compliance Team and cross-functional partners met every challenge, not only with strategic solutions but with systematic and operational tools that enhanced how we do business the right way. Throughout their efforts, they never lost sight of taking steps that strengthen our culture of integrity. The successes of 2022 are leading to a comprehensive and dynamic review and expansion of our Global Trade Compliance Program and our Global TPPD Program in 2023.
Global Ethics and Compliance Governance
Tone at the Top
provides strategic direction and empowerment of Global Ethics and Compliance Steering Committee
Global Ethics and Compliance Steering Committee:
Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Human Resources Officer, Vice President of Internal Audit and Chief Compliance Officer
Leadership & Oversight
sets the strategic imperatives for ethics and compliance and leads ethics, compliance and integrity initiatives
Global Ethics and Compliance Team
owns compliance risks and related policies, procedures and systems
Legal, Internal Audit, Human Resources, Information Security, Data Privacy, Product Safety, Global Strategic Sourcing
sustains program integrity and functionality
Global Integrity Week
In 2022, empowered by the Executive Committee’s mandate that with so many challenges facing the company, Integrity Week was needed more than ever, we delivered Global Integrity Week (Living the Whirlpool Way: Caring, Sharing, Inspiring) over one week in July, including one day fully devoted to community service.