Inclusion & Diversity
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.
Inclusion and diversity drive a business-critical potential that fuels innovation, ideas, and possibilities. Therefore, we remain committed to expanding an inclusive and safe culture with bold, new strategies to ensure our employee population is demographically diverse in ways that reflect our portfolio of brands and consumers. Beyond inclusion and diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and visible/invisible disabilities, our diversity in thought leadership and styles are driving equity where everyone can thrive.
Camille Cuningham Pierce, Senior Director of Inclusion & Diversity
Every day, with every effort, we strive to welcome, hear, respect, and value everyone. Our strength is in our differences.
INCLUSION IS THE “HOW”
Creating a culture where everyone experiences a sense of belonging is paramount to our success. We believe employees must be comfortable being their authentic self, appreciated for their diversity and diverse perspectives, and have equal access to opportunities and resources.
DIVERSITY IS THE “WHAT”
We have aligned our goals to ensure the employee population is demographically diverse in a way that reflects the consumer base we serve. This includes gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and physical ability/disability, as well as thinking and leadership style diversity, and more.
We strive to do this by welcoming, hearing, respecting, and valuing everyone.
Recruiting Diverse Talent
We believe the diversity of our employees should be a reflection of our global consumer base. We’re always looking to hire talented people who are diverse in thought, gender, race, ability, age, religion, nationality and sexual identity or orientation.
Recruit the Whole Person
Recruiting the whole person means incorporating each individual’s personal and cultural considerations in the hiring decision. We involve a trained group of Diversity Ambassadors to help us avoid subjectivity that might lead to unconscious bias during the interview process.
To ensure a diverse candidate pool, we cast a wide net. In addition to posting open positions on Whirlpool’s website, we send openings to a variety of publications, professional organizations, search firms and conferences aimed at diverse audiences, including:
- African Americans
- Asian Americans
- People with disabilities
- Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered
- Hispanic & Latino Americans
- Multicultural student associations, sororities and fraternities
- Veteran organizations
Developing Diverse Talent
Whirlpool offers several tools you can use to drive your career:
- Career Compass and Development Plan. Map out your career goals and make a plan to achieve future milestones with the Career Compass template.
- Maturity Model and Straight for Equality Training. Learn how diversity is assessed at Whirlpool and how we compare to the industry norm.
- Extraordinary Performance & Results (EP&R). Drive your development within our performance management system. Learn how to set goals for the year, get coaching to reach your full potential, and receive formal feedback on your performance.
- Whirlpool University. Find classes and resources to help you build knowledge and gain new skills like the Straight for Equality training course.
- Mentorship. Partner with a mentor to grow and develop through the sharing of experiences and perspectives.
Engaging Diverse Talent
One way we celebrate our differences is through our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). Here’s a quick look at the ERGs at Whirlpool:
- Whirlpool Asian Network, North America
- Awareness of Visible and Invisible Disabilities Network, North America
- FOCUS African American Network, North America
- Whirlpool Hispanic & Latino Network, North America
- PRIDE Network, North America, Latin America, Mexico
- Whirlpool Veterans Association, North America
- Whirlpool Women’s Network, North America, Europe/Middle East/Africa, Latin America, Asia, Mexico
- Young Professionals Network, North America, Europe/Middle East/Africa, Mexico
Catalyst® CEO Champions For Change Pledge
This public confirmation to increasing 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.
“More female leaders will only make Whirlpool Corporation stronger,” said Bitzer. “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.”
Employee Resource Groups
Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are essential to attracting, engaging, and retaining a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive workplace. Originating at our North American and Global headquarters in Michigan, our ERGs are quickly expanding around the globe.
The Whirlpool Asian Network (WAN) cultivates Asian culture and infuses its vast benefits into our business and communities. Leveraging Asian talent and best practices help us create more opportunities and succeed globally. 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.
Awareness of Visible and Invisible Disabilities (AVID)
The AVID Employee Resource Group is dedicated to enabling Whirlpool professionals and consumers with disabilities to reach their full potential by creating a fully inclusive work environment and robust recruiting effort. They will work to connect our brands to consumers with disabilities by supporting Whirlpool employees, our business and the community at large. AVID will provide training for managers, participate in job fairs to ensure that candidates with disabilities are fully represented in our employee population, increase awareness through internal communication efforts and participate in community events.
he FOCUS Network is working hard to build a culture of excellence within our local community and our overall corporation. Professional development and coaching for advancement helps to attract and retain diverse talent while also serving the corporate values through strong leadership and diversity initiatives. It is with these efforts that we plan to deliver added value throughout the business as well as elevate the level of inclusion among our diverse employees.
Hispanic & Latino Network
It doesn’t matter where you come from because all it takes is passion to find a place in our Whirlpool Hispanic & Latino Network (WHL). The network is 100% open to all and it provides a fun and friendly cultural experience for those who want to support the local Hispanic & Latino community or get in touch with their roots. With over 200 members, we are a group that loves to come together to share work experiences, and provide career development for our members, and support our local community while also celebrating our proud culture! With a wide range of activities ranging from a fun filled Soccer tournament to our Career Development Day, we encourage you to come join us as part of our network family!
We’ve been creating products for a century that enhance the home with the knowledge that all types of families need to be welcomed, included and celebrated. That mindset made us the first and only appliance manufacturer to receive a 100 score from the Human Rights Campaign. We’ve received perfect scores ever since the initial honor in 2003.
Because of our continued commitment to equality, we’ve become known as a great workplace for LGBTQ employees. Our in-house Pride Network aligns our values of Integrity, Respect, Inclusion and Diversity, Teamwork and a Spirit of Winning. We have also included domestic partner benefits and joined the Business Coalition for Workplace Fairness because it’s the right thing to do for the workplace and society. We also understand that moving toward full equality helps to improve everyone’s lives, one home and one family at a time.
Perhaps no group understands the value of home more than our Whirlpool Veterans Association (WVA). To reward their sacrifice and tap into their dedication, we work hard to be recognized as one of the top veteran-friendly employers. The WVA recruits, trains and retains veteran talent, and involves their families. Everyone is welcome as veterans and non-veterans work together to further the company’s excellence, help employees feel secure, and continue to serve the communities we call home.
The WVA is actively involved within the community and sponsors several events, including the Southwest Michigan Salute to the Troops Charity Ball benefiting the Homes for Our Troops charitable foundation.
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. Through activities like the Global Women’s Summit, the group provides exposure to leadership and supports each individual’s career success. Training and development opportunities through the WWN pave the way for both members and our company as a whole to realize their full potential. This commitment to empower our employees drives our innovation and ability to stay in touch with today’s households.
Young Professionals Network
Within the Young Professionals Network, “young” describes our attitude more than our age. People of all ages join the YP! to achieve extraordinary results within their career and community. Tomorrow’s world leaders need a place to evolve their enthusiasm and turn into mentors. This group does both while also creating life-long customers as a living expression of home life for an upcoming generation. The energy created keeps our culture and products relevant and relatable so home always feels like home.