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Our Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Council, which has been in place since 2012 and consists of ITW senior leaders, helps drive positive change in this area. Our progress is rooted in our comprehensive enterprise D&I framework, which outlines our focus in four key areas:
We expect our leaders to embody ITW’s values with global cultural awareness. A core responsibility of our leaders is to build and develop a diverse pipeline of talent, contribute to achieving our enterprise diversity goals and be stewards of our D&I initiatives.x
Diverse backgrounds bring unique perspectives, helping to drive innovation and organic growth – key objectives of ITW’s business strategy. In order to compete successfully in a global market, we must continue to focus on attracting and retaining the best talent that is reflective of our global communities.x
Creating an environment where all team members feel valued is critical. This includes promoting employee development, actively seeking different perspectives and supporting ITW’s Employee Resource Groups.x
We strive to be a best-in-class employer and commit to working diligently to strengthen and sustain ITW’s unique and differentiated enterprise brand. Our efforts include sharing our progress and success and being an active member of our communities through key professional associations, universities and community partnerships that align with our D&I goals.x
In 2017, ITW Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Scott Santi joined the leaders of what is now over 500 companies in support of the CEO Action for Diversity & InclusionTM – the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance D&I in the workplace. Through this commitment, we agree to work collaboratively across our organizations to advance D&I and take concrete actions to cultivate work environments where diverse experiences and perspectives are welcomed and where employees feel comfortable and empowered.
To further our efforts to foster greater depth and diversity of talent and enhance our focus on inclusion, we implemented an inclusive leader initiative for over 1,000 global leaders in 2018. This initiative included training to provide our global leaders with an understanding of unconscious bias, guidance on actions we can take to minimize its effects in our workplaces and tools to lead an inclusive workplace.
Read more about our inclusive leader initiative.
We remain fully committed to achieving our D&I goals and enhancing the diversity of our global leadership teams. We continue to make good progress in our D&I journey and have achieved significant improvement since its beginning in 2013. We look forward to continued progress in this area.
Another way we encourage D&I is through our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). ERGs are voluntary, employee-led groups that bring diverse groups of people together to share experiences and innovative ideas to help accelerate our path to full potential. At ITW, our ERGs directly support the enterprise talent strategy with specific focus on attracting, retaining and developing talent and promoting cultural diversity and community.