Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is made up of over 23,000 of the most talented retail associates around the globe, and we respect individuals for their unique contributions. We firmly believe that working in a culture focused on diversity and inclusion spurs innovation, creates healthy and high-performing teams, and delivers a superior customer experience. We outline the details of our approach to equality in the following statements:
Always a cornerstone of our company, equality has created a culture of shared progress. When everyone gets the support and opportunity they need, we succeed.
Diversity & Inclusion
Based on associate feedback, we formed an LGBTQ+ Alliance in 2015, which received overwhelmingly positive responses from annual Associate Opinion Surveys. We expanded to form the WSI African American Network in 2016, followed by the Veteran’s Appreciation Network. Ambassadors of these programs were instrumental in organizing celebrations for Diwali, Pride and Veteran’s Day, as well as annual company-wide volunteering for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In 2020, we celebrated our 4th annual MLK Day of Service.
We believe in the power of community and respect for all. By advocating for equal rights and fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer, asexual and intersex people everywhere, we strengthen and support our own community of associates and customers. In 2018, we signed onto the UN Free & Equal Campaign for LGBTQ+ rights, and we were awarded the Corporate Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign. Through policies that protect people who identify as LGBTQ+ from discriminatory actions in our workplace, along with our ongoing efforts to support LGBTQ+ groups and community events, we advance a high global standard for equality and inclusion.
We benefit from the participation of men or women across all areas of our company. Associate benefits — including family leave — are designed to help employees grow, personally and professionally, while caring for their families and building a secure future. We continually rank among top companies for female leadership; in 2019, we appeared on Forbes’ list of Best Employers for Women and in 2020 on their list of Best Employers for Diversity. This focus on equality extends from our corporate offices to our stores to our supply chain. In partnership with Business for Social Responsibility’s (BSR) HERproject, we have empowered workers across our supply chain through workplace-based programs on family health, financial inclusion and gender equality. We will continue these programs as part of our goal to educate and empower 100,000 workers by the end of 2020.
A UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders named Williams-Sonoma, Inc. California’s #1 company for female leadership in their most recent study (2015), with the highest percentage reported by any company in the 11 years they have been researching women in business. Since then, we’ve continued to be a beacon for women leaders. More than 50% of our executive positions at the VP level and above are occupied by women and over 40% of our board members are women.
Related Stories, Statements & Policies
- WSI Celebrates Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
- WSI Receives the HRC Corporate Equality Award
- Partnering with HERproject on Gender Equality
- Corporate Citizenship
- Ethics & Oversight
- Giving & Volunteering
- Code of Conduct & Ethics
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