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The Sherwin-Williams Company | Diversity Employer


About Us

Bringing Color to the World for More Than 150 Years.

A Global Leader in Paints and Coatings
The Sherwin-Williams Company delivers the best in paint and coatings products to the world. Every day, our more than 60,000 employees provide the energy and experience to build on our track record of success – enabling us to innovate and grow in new and exciting ways. With our people as the foundation of our Company, we offer industry-leading innovation, value-added service and expertise, and differentiated distribution to our growing base of professional, industrial, commercial and consumer customers.

Sherwin-Williams has one of the industry’s most recognized portfolios of branded and private-label products. The Company’s Sherwin-Williams® branded products are sold exclusively through a chain of more than 4,438 company operated stores and facilities in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Additional brands are sold through leading mass merchandisers, home centers, independent paint dealers, hardware stores, automotive retailers, and industrial distributors across North America and in parts of Europe, China, Australia and New Zealand. We also supply a broad range of highly engineered solutions for the construction, industrial, packaging and transportation markets in more than 120 countries around the world.

Our Purpose

The purpose of The Sherwin Williams Company is to inspire and improve the world by coloring and protecting what matters.

We fulfill our purpose through the development, manufacture, distribution and sale of innovative paint and coatings products, striving to deliver benefits for all major stakeholders. Employees participate in an inclusive and diverse environment that provides extensive opportunities for professional development and personal wealth-building. Customers benefit from a solutions-driven approach emphasizing application-specific expertise, industry leading innovation, value-added service, and differentiated distribution. Communities where we operate prosper through job creation, direct financial support, in-kind gifts, employee volunteerism and civic engagement.

Shareholders can expect a deep and experienced management team to remain focused on long-term value creation through sales growth, return on sales, return on net assets employed, and cash generation. Sustainability is embedded within our corporate purpose, with a focus on our environmental footprint, our product blueprint and our social imprint. Our integrated approach to the stakeholders we serve seeks to inspire and improve society as a whole.

Environmental, Social & Governance

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The Sherwin-Williams Company’s approach to corporate social responsibility and other Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) risks and opportunities is grounded in our commitment to creating and maximizing long-term value for our shareholders, employees, customers, communities in which we live and work, and our other stakeholders. This commitment is also reflected in our Corporate Purpose and is deeply embedded in our culture and business practices. From our manufacturing plants to our company-operated stores and other places where our products are sold, Sherwin-Williams invests in sustainability and other ESG initiatives to help grow our business with care, differentiate us in the marketplace, and make a positive impact on the world around us.

Our Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Journey

Our Unwavering Commitment
The Sherwin-Williams Company is committed to advancing a culture of inclusion where our differences are welcomed, celebrated and appreciated to positively impact our people and business.

Leading with Inclusion
We deliberately place inclusion ahead of diversity as we continue to advance our culture and outlook for future success. We celebrate each other’s differences and similarities to encourage the full engagement and development of all employees, which in turn allows us to better reflect and serve our customers and communities around the world. We believe diversity is about being different – together – and when we embrace those differences through inclusion, we win – together.

Goals & Aspirations

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  • Attract More Underrepresented Groups Into the Talent Pipeline
    Expand qualified pipeline to ensure representation of women, underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, as well as a mosaic of diversity of thought and experience into early talent programs
  • Increase the Number of Underrepresented Groups in Leadership Roles
    Encourage more intentional pathways to leadership roles for women, under-represented racial/ethnic groups and other underrepresented talent
  • Drive Employee Engagement
    Build on our culture of inclusion and belonging to ensure that a diversity of thought and experience thrives and influences performance

Given Our Current Environment, We Have Aspirational Goals to:

  • Increase women in management roles to 30% by 2025
  • Increase underrepresented racial/ethnic groups in management roles to 30% by 2025 (U.S.)
  • Achieve and improve upon a favorable Inclusion Index

‘We Stand Together’ Encourages Open Dialogue

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At Sherwin-Williams, respect for our employees is a business imperative. We stand together and embrace all facets of diversity. Treating all employees with dignity and respect comes before anything else.

In 2020, Sherwin-Williams expanded and reinforced our commitments to inclusion, diversity and equity with our We Stand Together platform. Our CEO, John Morikis, held special CEO Forums on Inclusion to engage in open and honest dialogue. The forums gave employees the opportunity to share personal experiences in a safe environment and engage in candid conversations about race, social justice, inclusion and mutual respect with fellow colleagues and leaders. We have been listening and learning to understand what our employees are feeling and reinforcing our allyship during these challenging times.

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