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Inclusion, Diversity & Equity


Elevating a Culture of Safety, Inclusion and Community

Our employees always have been the foundation of our success. Our family-like culture 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 is the shared responsibility of all employees. We intentionally lead with inclusion to highlight our commitment to embracing and leveraging the diversity of our workforce.

Our ID&E Goals & Aspirations

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

  • Attract more under-represented racial/ethnic groups, women and other under-represented groups into our talent pipeline 
  • Increase the number of under-represented 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

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 under-represented racial/ethnic groups in management roles to 30% 
  • Achieve and improve upon a favorable Inclusion Index

2020 Workforce Diversity Data


under-represented racial/ethnic groups in the total workforce (U.S.)


women in the total workforce (global)


under-represented rachial/ethnic groups in management (U.S.)


women in management (global)

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.