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Sustainability Goals


We are accelerating our progress and expanding our positive impact on the world around us. 

New, ambitious and meaningful goals

Our new goals address global issues of critical importance, including doing our part to address climate change by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy, minimizing our waste and accelerating development of “sustainably advantaged products.” We also are building additional momentum by enhancing our culture of inclusion, diversity and equity; continuously improving our occupational health and safety metrics; and strengthening our engagement with communities where we operate around the world.

Sustainability Goals

Committing to new sustainability goals under an integrated framework: Environmental Footprint, Product Blueprint and Social Imprint

  • Reduce absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 30%
  • Increase renewable energy to 50% of total electricity usage
  • Increase operational energy efficiency by 20%
  • Reduce waste disposal intensity by 25%

  • Implement Sustainability by Design process across the enterprise in 2021
  • Establish baseline for “sustainably advantaged products” in 2021 and develop plan for expanding this product portfolio in the future
  • Develop consistent process in 2021 for measuring and assessing Scope 3 emissions

  • Reduce recordable case rate to 0.8 by 2025
  • Reduce ergonomic injuries by implementing two ergonomic interventions per year in each manufacturing site
  • Increase women in management roles to 30% by 2025
  • Increase under-represented racial/ethnic groups in U.S. management roles to 30% by 2025
  • Achieve and improve upon a favorable score on the Sherwin-Williams Inclusion Index, based on results of our annual employee engagement survey


These aspirational goals and targets and other forward-looking statements contained on our website and in our 2020 Sustainability Report are based upon our current expectations and assumptions concerning future events and conditions and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements.  


Please see Documents & Downloads for additional important information about these forward-looking statements.