Whirlpool Corporation has published its 2020 Sustainability Report, highlighting the company’s continued commitment to its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives, and progress in meeting its ambitious sustainability and Inclusion & Diversity targets. The company also released its 2020 Annual Report, highlighting Whirlpool Corporation’s focus on the health and safety of its employees throughout the COVID-19 pandemic while delivering record results.
“Sustainability is core to our culture and is of paramount importance to our vision – being the best kitchen and laundry appliance company in constant pursuit of improving life at home,” said Marc Bitzer, chairman and CEO of Whirlpool Corporation. “As we worked to manage the challenges of COVID-19 in 2020, our resiliency enabled us to take care of our employees, consumers and communities while still meeting and advancing our environmental and social commitments. We are proud of the role we play in protecting our people and our planet and continue to push ourselves to deliver on our ambitious goals.”
In 2020, the company’s efforts focused on supporting immediate community needs as a result of COVID-19, however other achievements include a 50% reduction in total waste in the UK in 2019/20 compared to 2017/18, and the use of renewable green energy at all 14 Whirlpool UK sites. Added to that, the company has appointed two female directors in the past two years, resulting in 33 per cent (four of 12) of Whirlpool Corporation’s non-employee directors being women. Additionally, the company says that seven out of 12 of its non-employee directors are gender or racial/ethnically diverse.
“We are committed to protecting our shared environment, supporting our employees’ continuous growth, ensuring their safety, and always doing our best to uplift our communities,” said Ron Voglewede, Whirlpool Corporation's director of global sustainability. “In 2020, we refined our governance structure to further strengthen our commitment to ESG and better drive progress in our work. We continue to deliver on our goals and are committed to leading the industry in driving positive change for our people, our communities and our environment.”