Elevating Our Employee Resource Groups
Our ID&E initiatives include fostering our employees’ sense of belonging. Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are voluntary, employee-led networks that provide opportunities for individuals to connect across our global footprint. These groups are focused on four pillars of business, talent, culture and community and are organized to support underrepresented groups in the workforce and workplace. Employees from various groups, divisions and functional teams come together to foster more inclusive workplaces and create greater synergy around business objectives. ERGs also serve as a hub for professional development and mentorship opportunities that enable our employees to thrive and find long-term success at Sherwin-Williams.
Our ERGs are as diverse as our people, are open to everyone and represent various groups, including African American, Hispanic, LGBTQ+, active military and veterans, multicultural and women employees.
During 2022, the LATAM Women’s Network introduced a mentoring program centered on our ID&E strategy, designed for women in manager-level roles across the region. In its inaugural year, the ERG sponsored The Power of Choice, a cross-divisional training program for women to help them develop and leverage leadership skills. Thirty women completed the program in Spanish sessions, and 30 more women completed the program in Portuguese sessions. The group also developed a Comunicación campaign to raise awareness and foster an inclusive mindset on affinity days and months throughout the year. Finally, the Learning Through Leaders Committee of the LATAM Women’s Network hosted online events focused on career development opportunities, and invited women who serve in Sherwin-Williams leadership roles.
In addition to driving engagement and mentorship through our ERGs, we host Company-wide ERG workshops to equip each group with the resources needed to realize its goals, while still preserving its autonomy and localized ownership. Many of our ERGs organize events and give back to their communities through service-based projects and programs, which are highlighted in the Community Impact section of this report. In 2023, one of our ID&E priorities is elevating and strengthening the ERGs and our connectivity between groups to further their impact and reach.
This story is featured in the Sherwin-Williams 2022 Sustainability Report.