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Inclusion, Diversity & Equity


Elevating a Culture of Safety, Inclusion and Community

Our employees have always been the foundation of our success. Our family-like environment strives to create a culture of inclusion, diversity and equity (ID&E) where employees should feel valued and accepted for who they are, and the unique perspective they bring to the workforce and workplace.

Fostering an Inclusive Culture

At Sherwin-Williams, we foster a culture where our differences are welcomed, celebrated and appreciated to positively impact our people and business. Reflected in our Code of Conduct and reinforced through our actions, training and attitudes, fostering an inclusive culture is a moral and business imperative. 


Our continuous efforts to create a supportive, welcoming environment for everyone across our global footprint are the shared responsibility of all employees. We intentionally lead with inclusion to highlight our commitment to embracing and leveraging the diversity of our workforce. 


Learn more by downloading our Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Journey or At a Glance reports below.

Our ID&E Goals & Aspirations

We have set the following goals to ensure we are making good on our commitment to fostering a culture of inclusion: 

  • Attract more underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women and other under-represented groups into our talent pipeline 
  • Increase the number of underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women and other under-represented groups in leadership roles 
  • Drive employee engagement to ensure diversity of thought and experience thrives in our culture and positively influences performance
  • Foster economic inclusion for underrepresented suppliers

To ensure we are continuously making progress, we have developed accompanying metrics-driven, aspirational goals to be achieved by 2025:

  • Increase percentage of women in management roles to 30% 
  • Increase percentage of underrepresented racial/ethnic groups in management roles to 30% 
  • Achieve and improve upon a favorable Sherwin-WIlliams Inclusion Index score

We Are Family is a series of short videos that invite you to meet members of our global family of Sherwin-Williams employees. Our family of 61,000 employees serves as the driving force of our Company, and we are proud to share their stories from our Northeast Ohio home and from around the world. Watch here

2021 Workforce Diversity Data


underrepresented racial/ethnic groups in the total workforce (U.S.)


women in the total workforce (global)


underrepresented racial/ethnic groups in management (U.S.)


women in management (global)

We also make available our most recently filed Federal Employer Information Reports EEO-1, representing employees as of December 2021. Please note the EEO-1 report uses federally mandated job categories that are broadly applicable to U.S. companies across a variety of industries and that differ from how we categorize jobs and measure our progress. We believe the data presented above and elsewhere on our website provide a more useful and meaningful reflection of the Company’s workforce diversity as it is more tailored to our organizational structure.

Building a Strong Foundation of Sustainable Growth

To achieve our ID&E goals, we are following a strategic roadmap represented by building blocks designed to shape our approach and set the foundation for sustainable growth across the Company. While we are advancing each focus area simultaneously, each block builds on another. The entire structure is strengthened by the commitment of leadership.

Strong Commitment Starts at the Top

We believe ID&E is everyone’s responsibility, and that starts at the top with a strong commitment from our executive leadership. Our leaders demonstrate the importance of inclusion, diversity and equity by serving as visible, vocal champions within the organization and the community.


Our annual CEO Forums on Inclusion – held throughout the U.S. – serve as conversation starters between employees at all levels around advancing a culture of inclusion and equity. The forums encourage open and honest discussions about our successes and challenges in driving inclusion, diversity and equity.