We’re proud to announce that Williams-Sonoma, Inc. has been included in the 2021 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI). The GEI brings transparency to gender-related practices and policies at publicly listed companies. It measures and reflects a high level of disclosure and performance across five gender equality pillars: female leadership and talent pipeline, equal pay and gender pay parity, inclusive culture, sexual harassment policies, and pro-women brand.

“We are honored to be included in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index,” said Laura Alber, President and CEO of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. “Investing in equality and gender equity has always been a cornerstone of our company and has continued to create a culture of shared progress. These values guide our actions and decisions, bringing our company strength, resilience, and an innovative spirit.”

HERproject empowers women in global supply chains through workplace programs promoting health, financial inclusion and positive gender relationships. IMAGE: HERproject

We are continually working to create a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the communities we serve. We’re proud to be comprised of nearly 70% female identifying associates and 64% female identifying leaders in management positions. We also continue to make progress in supporting and advancing women inside the company with benefits, policies and a culture that cultivates gender inclusivity and parity. A few highlights include:

  • Our partnership with HERproject, an organization that empowers women in global supply chains through workplace programs promoting health, financial inclusion, and positive gender relationships. It is part of our broader goal to educate and empower 100,000 workers in our supply chain through 2020
  • A Parental Leave Program that provides paid time off for both primary and secondary caregivers
  • Benefits coverage for fertility treatments
  • Benefits coverage for transgender-inclusive services

“The companies included in the 2021 GEI are expanding the ESG data universe to include gender-related data that investors are demanding today. Their commitment to disclosure is making the business case for inclusion and driving transparency in the markets.”                        

Peter T. Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg