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Partnering with Suppliers to Foster Economic Inclusion

Our efforts to foster a culture of inclusion extend to our suppliers. We remain committed to providing opportunities for all qualified businesses, including minority-owned, woman-owned, LGBTQ+-owned, veteran-owned and small businesses.

 

We continue to strengthen our partnerships with the underrepresented populations we serve through our Building Our Future (BOF) project, which includes construction of our new global headquarters in downtown Cleveland and our new Research and Development Center in nearby Brecksville, Ohio. As part of our focus on inclusion, we have committed to $225 million or meeting/ exceeding 30% of construction costs focused on minority-owned, woman-owned and small businesses. As of May 2023, we have allocated $173 million toward that target. Visit buildingourfuture.com to learn more.

 

We are also proud of our ongoing partnership with local organizations such as the Urban League of Greater Cleveland (ULGC) and the Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development (NEOHCED). In 2022, we worked with the ULGC to create a construction accelerator program that will provide minority-owned businesses access to business resources currently unavailable to them. These resources include mentorship, access to capital, education on processes and construction management tools. We also enhanced our longstanding relationship with the NEOHCED to support advancement for the community and economic and business growth for underrepresented suppliers.

 

This story is featured in the Sherwin-Williams 2022 Sustainability Report.