2016 Sustainability Report


Diversity and Inclusion

One of PPG’s greatest strengths is the diversity of our people, who represent wide-ranging nationalities, cultures, languages, religions, ethnicities, lifestyles and professional and educational backgrounds. Their unique perspectives enable us to meet challenges quickly, creatively and effectively, providing a significant competitive advantage in today’s global economy.

To ensure our people feel valued and respected, we are committed to providing a workplace that embraces a culture of diversity and inclusion. Our business and functional leaders set goals related to diversity and monitor progress on a regular basis. We also recruit at events sponsored by organizations representing diverse candidates, such as the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and National Black MBA Association.

Consisting of senior leaders within our company, our Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council (DILC) champions, directs and facilitates initiatives that embed diversity and inclusion into our culture. The DILC is supported in its efforts by the following diversity councils:

  • Minority Leadership Council, including four regional chapters in the United States;
  • Women’s Leadership Council, including 10 regional chapters in Asia Pacific, Australia, Canada, Europe/Middle East/Africa, Latin America and the United States;
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Council, which includes PPG Allies;
  • R&D Diversity Council; and
  • Generational Diversity Council.

To raise awareness of the value of a diverse and inclusive workplace, our online Diversity & Inclusion training module is available to all employees. More than 13,800 employees had completed the training by the end of 2016.

Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion on our Global Careers website. »

Supplier Diversity

We believe that our company and communities benefit when we provide equal opportunities for diverse suppliers to compete for our business. As such, we actively seek small businesses and businesses owned by veterans, minorities and women that provide quality products and services at competitive prices.

Learn more about our Supplier Diversity Program. »

Colorful project celebrates diversity at PPG sites in Algeria

Employees across all six of our sites in Algeria were asked to come to work in their brightest, most colorful clothes on a specific day. Months later, they found out why.
With the help of a professional photographer, their images were captured in a unique collage that showcases the ethnic, gender and racial diversity of the Algerian sites. In a unique twist, the vibrant clothes in each photo had been perfectly matched with colors in the PPG Chromatic Color chart.

Copies of the collage are prominently displayed at each site in Algeria for employees, customers and visitors to see the diversity of the local PPG team.

PPG joins European effort to attract girls to in-demand fields

In 2016, our Europe, Middle East and Africa operations joined Hypatia, a European organization whose members are working together to attract more students, especially girls, to careers in science, technology, chemistry and mathematics. The consortium includes 19 partners from 15 countries and is led by those in the education, museum, industrial and policy sectors.

Several PPG partnerships in Europe align with Hypatia’s goals. These include the NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam, Humanitarium science center in Wroclaw, Poland, and ITECH in France, where PPG supports the first chemical engineering paint master’s degree program in Europe.

Celebrating International Women’s Day around the world

To mark the 2016 International Women’s Day, employees at our Sumaré, Pinhais and Gravataí locations in Brazil donated 75 purses and bags containing clothing, makeup and hygiene products to women in need. Interested employees in Gravataí also attended a lecture on women’s health, while employee volunteers from Sumaré held a craft workshop at a facility housing elderly women.

Thirty women from different strategic business units and functions—and supportive male colleagues—celebrated the day at our China headquarters in Shanghai. Themed “The Wizard of Oz,” the event included games and discussions designed to help participants better understand their coworkers’ journeys within PPG.

PPG becomes major sponsor of Women’s Industry Network

PPG automotive refinish coatings became a gold-level sponsor of the Women’s Industry Network (WIN®) in 2016.

Dedicated to encouraging, developing and cultivating opportunities to attract women to the collision repair industry, WIN offers mentorship programs and educational conferences designed to provide members with the skills required for professional success. WIN also works to promote leadership, recognize excellence and foster a strong network among women who are actively shaping the industry.

PPG refinish hosts Women’s Automotive Group meeting

With support from our automotive refinish business in the United Kingdom and Ireland, nearly 50 women from the automotive industry have new perspectives about ways to further their careers in the car business.

The business sponsored a quarterly meeting of the Women’s Automotive Group, where attendees had an opportunity to network, share best practices and learn from experts in the field. Claire Sherwood, PPG human resources director for our automotive refinish business in Europe, Middle East and Africa, opened the event with a presentation on the importance of diversity, inclusion and a work-life balance at PPG.

San Juan del Rio shows diversity can be a short walk away

Sometimes it’s the little things that show a company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Following a parking lot expansion, our San Juan del Rio, Mexico, location created a special area close to the plant entrance for pregnant employees to park for a shorter and safer walk to work.

The parking lot expansion was undertaken upon completion of the plant’s Monarca Project, which added 100,000 square feet of production and laboratory space to the coatings facility and increased the workforce by 30 percent.

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