PPG recently announced that it has been named one of the “Best Employers for Women 2021” by Forbes magazine. PPG was the top paints, coatings, and chemicals manufacturer included on the list, and ranked No.137 overall.
As part of its efforts to strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion across the company, PPG is focusing on increasing female representation to align with population demographics in the communities in which it operates. To help achieve this objective, PPG introduced changes to its recruiting process in 2020 – using artificial intelligence to reduce unconscious biases in job descriptions, analysing labour market data to determine a representative demographic mix of candidates, and launching Employee Resource Networks (ERNs) to support and attract underrepresented candidates.
PPG also increased the investment in its global Women’s Leadership Network, which now includes more than 11% of PPG’s workforce, and trained more than 1,800 managers over the past few years on unconscious biases. In 2020, 41% of PPG’s intern class and approximately 33% of professional hires globally were women.
“PPG believes in sustaining a workforce that is representative of the customers and communities we serve, and that includes a focus on our female population,” said Marvin Mendoza, PPG global head, diversity, equity and inclusion. “Countless studies have proven that gender diverse teams enhance business performance, but aside from being a smart organisational initiative, focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion is the right thing to do. At PPG, we know there is exciting work ahead, as we continue to cultivate a truly inclusive and equitable workplace, and we are elated to celebrate the progress in our company’s journey.”
Forbes ranks the top 300 employers based on an independent survey from Statista of around 50,000 U.S. employees, including more than 30,000 women, at companies with a minimum of 1,000 employees. Survey participants evaluated companies on a number of criteria, including diversity among top executives and board members, working conditions, wages, parental leave policies, family support, flexibility, representation and pay equity.
For more on PPG’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, visit https://sustainability.ppg.com/People/Diversity-Equity-and-Inclusion.