Our success depends largely on a sustaining a diverse, multinational, multi-generational workforce. We recognize and value the breadth of diversity inherent within our ranks and are committed to embracing the cultural nuances that make us all unique. At Watts, we aim to promote a safe and inclusive workplace culture based on our values, mutual respect and dignity, and by ensuring measures are in place to safeguard an individual’s human rights.
As an equal opportunity employer, we will recruit, hire, compensate, train, promote and terminate individuals in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations, and without regard to a person’s race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or other protected status. We do not tolerate acts of discrimination, harassment or bullying at Watts. As embedded in our values, all Watts employees shall treat each other with respect, dignity and common courtesy, and avoid any behavior that compromises trust, quality of the work environment or the integrity of decision making.
Our diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) journey progressed after June 2, 2020, when Bob Pagano, our Chief Executive Officer, issued an open letter to our entire global workforce to express outrage over recent acts of violence against the Black community and to condemn systematic racism and discrimination against Blacks and other underrepresented minorities in the United States. This letter sparked a robust dialogue among Watts’ leaders and employees about what we are doing as a company to help create a more equitable, just, and inclusive society. As One Watts, we agreed that it is time to start transforming our words into real and sustainable actions.
We have appointed a manager of Talent Excellence to lead DEI and have formed several employee resource groups (ERGs) like “Black Matters at Watts” and “Women of Watts.” These groups have taken the lead in helping to shape our response to inequality and bias within our society and our company. As a company, and in partnership with our ERGs, we are focused on building programs, allocating resources, and partnering with select external organizations to drive meaningful change. While our efforts will continue to evolve and mature over time, these are our key areas of focus: