Fostering Economic Inclusion for Underrepresented Suppliers
Our efforts to foster inclusion and promote unique backgrounds, experiences and diversity of thought extend to our supply chain and partners. We are committed to providing opportunities for all qualified businesses, including minority-owned, woman-owned, LGTBQ+-owned, veteran-owned and small businesses.
We are focused on strengthening partnerships to support diverse businesses and have participated in programs to increase understanding of how to apply to join our supplier network. For example, in September 2021, we partnered with the Urban League of Cleveland to host a workshop on how to do business with Sherwin-Williams.
Our efforts to strengthen the underrepresented populations we serve in Northeast Ohio extends through the Company’s Building Our Future (BOF) project, which includes construction of our new global headquarters in downtown Cleveland and the new Research and Development Center in nearby Brecksville, Ohio.
Since the BOF project was launched in 2020, Sherwin-Williams has gathered feedback from the City of Cleveland, City of Brecksville, community leaders, faith-based leaders and other key stakeholders on opportunities to engage and support underrepresented residents and suppliers.
In September 2021, the Company announced five firms that have been selected for the minority construction management role for the BOF project. All are based in Northeast Ohio and are either woman-owned or minority-owned. Four of the five firms will also provide skilled trades employees to perform activities such as carpentry, millwork and painting. As of April 2022, we have nearly 40 minority-owned, woman-owned and Cleveland-based small businesses involved in the project, with contracts in the millions of dollars. Diverse participation is expected to grow as the project progresses.
In 2022, we will advance our commitment to the BOF project through formal partnerships and collaboration with underrepresented communities in Cleveland and throughout Northeast Ohio. For more information, visit buildingourfuture.com.
This story is featured in the Sherwin-Williams 2021 Sustainability Report.