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Diversity & Inclusion

We believe we are at our best when we bring together unique perspectives, experiences and ideas. Rooted in our core values of Respect and Integrity, we are committed to treating all colleagues with dignity, fairness and respect, and afford everyone the opportunity to reach their full potential for growth and advancement. We strive to create diverse and inclusive workplaces where all ITW colleagues are heard, valued and engaged.

Our Diversity & Inclusion Strategy

The ITW Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Council, comprised of senior leaders, is responsible for establishing our D&I Framework and ensuring our divisions have the tools and resources necessary to build a global, diverse workforce and inclusive workplaces. Our approach to D&I is intentional, fully integrated into our enterprise talent strategy and touches every part of our business.

Our Commitment to Do More

The renewed focus on issues of racism and discrimination in our society highlights the complex challenges faced by many people of color in accessing the economic possibilities and potential afforded to others. Through our “Do More” Agenda, ITW reaffirmed its commitment to promoting and supporting more inclusive economic growth and opportunity. This agenda includes specific areas of focus that are impactful and closely aligned with our capabilities, skill sets and business needs as a company and include:

  • Further deepen our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and respect for all at ITW.
  • Leverage ITW’s capabilities and industry experience to create long-term, well-paid skilled employment opportunities for candidates of color.
  • Expand ITW’s investment and engagement in organizations, programs and partnerships that improve access to a high-quality education and to meaningful long-term employment opportunities for people of color.
  • Meaningfully expand ITW’s commercial relationships with minority-owned businesses.

Under the guidance of our Executive Leadership Team, we have formed steering committees for these areas of focus. Our steering committees are responsible for the development and implementation of specific ITW initiatives and action plans.

As part of our “Do More” Agenda, ITW has committed to growing our diverse workforce and providing more economic opportunity to diverse people. Work is underway with two important initiatives in our Food Equipment and Automotive segments focused on hiring and developing skilled technicians to provide well-paid and sustainable job opportunities. The Food Equipment Group is partnering with community colleges to invest in the hiring, training and development of diverse service technicians to support the field service needs for our commercial food equipment products. In the Automotive segment, we are partnering with the YWCA to hire and develop diverse operations technicians to build a longer-term skilled technician talent pipeline. Moreover, ITW has joined a new coalition of 37 leading companies to form OneTen, a 10-year initiative focused on training, hiring and advancing 1 million Black Americans into family-sustaining jobs with opportunities for advancement.


Driving Inclusion Through Leadership Engagement

Our belief in the strength of a diverse and inclusive workplace is reinforced by our leaders who set the tone by demonstrating inclusive behaviors and promoting inclusion across their teams. In 2018, over 1,000 global leaders participated in our inclusive leader initiative, which focused on understanding unconscious bias, actions we can take to minimize its effects in our workplaces, and resources to lead in a way that reflects ITW’s culture and values. In 2020, we expanded the initiative to include all managers and supervisors. These colleagues play an important role in recruiting and retaining world-class talent and creating inclusive work environments where our colleagues can perform to their full potential.


Diversity & Inclusion Goals

30% Global Women Leaders 20% U.S. Ethnically Diverse Leaders

Diversity & Inclusion Data

Global Women Leaders

U.S. Ethnically Diverse Leaders

Engaging Diverse Talent and Allies

Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) play a critical role in engaging colleagues at all levels. These colleague-led organizations bring together diverse groups of people and their allies to share experiences and innovative ideas to help accelerate our path to full potential. ERGs directly support the enterprise talent and D&I strategies, with specific focus on attracting, developing and retaining talent and promoting cultural diversity and community.