Whirlpool Corporation Celebrates 10th Consecutive Perfect Score On Human
Rights Campaign 2013 Corporate Equality Index
Company makes a positive impact in the lives of LGBT employees
BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Dec. 11, 2013
BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Whirlpool
Corporation(NYSE: WHR) received a score of 100 from the Human Rights Campaign
on the 2013 U.S. Corporate Equality Index. This marks the tenth consecutive
year that Whirlpool has attained a perfect score on the index. The Corporate
Equality Index rates American workplaces on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgender (LGBT) Equality.
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"Whirlpool Corporation believes supporting diversity and inclusion is the
right thing for businesses to do for their employees. We believe our efforts,
through policy changes and corporate culture, are just a small part of a
bigger movement," said Jeff Fettig, chairman and CEO of Whirlpool Corporation.
"We're extremely proud to be among the index's top companies for another year
and believe everyone should have a workplace where they feel fully included
for their unique identity. This latest achievement shows us we continue to
offer a workplace environment our employees can be proud of."
Whirlpool Corporation is the first appliance company to achieve a perfect
score on the index, a result the company credits to its dedication to
workplace equality. In 2002, Whirlpool instituted domestic partner benefits
and recently introduced benefits to support transgender employees.In a
poignant "It Gets Better" video the company created, employees shared personal
experiences of coming out to family and friends and describe the supportive
and welcoming environment found within the corporation. The company has
implemented LGBT equality diversity training to employees across the U.S., has
maintained a track record of supporting LGBT workplace equality at both the
state and federal levels of government and is the first appliance brand to
feature same-sex couple families in national appliance ads.
Whirlpool has seven employee resource groups, one of which is the PRIDE
Network. It was established in 1999 for the company's LGBT employees and their
supporters, and has a vision to be the top company for the LGBT community in
support of the company's vision —Every Home, Everywhere.
Whirlpool Corporationis the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of
major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately$18 billionin 2012,
68,000 employees, and 65 manufacturing and technology research centers around
the world. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana,
Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly
every country around the world. Additional information about the company can
be found athttp://www.whirlpoolcorp.com.
SOURCE Whirlpool Corporation
Contact: Whirlpool Corporation, Media: 269/923-7405, Media@Whirlpool.com
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