A world leading manufacturer of home appliances with products available in over 170 countries. Acquired Maytag in 2006, Indesit (including Ariston brand) and Hefei Sanyo (now Whirlpool China) in 2014, and KitchenAid in 2015.
America's Most Responsible Companies 2022 by Newsweek and Statista recognises the Top 500 most responsible companies in the United States. Companies were evaluated in three areas: environmental (waste, energy use, etc.), social (leadership diversity, employees and philanthropy) and governance (transparency and economic performance). This company received a total score of 91/100, ranking 1st in the Consumer Goods sector, and 4th overall.
Source: Newsweek (2021)
In 2022, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change risk. Responding companies are scored across four key areas: disclosure; awareness; management; and leadership. This company received a CDP Climate Change Score of B.
Source: CDP (2022)
This company is listed as having best practice on a report card on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in corporate America.
Source: Human Rights Campaign (2021)
In 2022, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts to manage and govern freshwater resources. Responding companies are scored on six key metrics: transparency; governance & strategy; measuring & monitoring; risk assessment; targets & goals; and value chain engagement. This company received a CDP Water Security Score of B-.
Source: CDP (2022)
This company received an S&P Global ESG Score of 68/100 in the Household Durables category of the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment, an annual evaluation of companies' sustainability practices (last updated 18 Nov 2022). The rankings are based on an analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, environmental reporting, climate strategy, human rights and labour practices.
Source: S&P Global (2022)
JUST Capital polls Americans every year to identify the issues that matter most in defining just business behaviour. For their 2023 rankings JUST Capital asked a representative sample of 3,002 Americans to compare 20 different business Issues on a head-to-head basis, producing a reliable hierarchy of Issues ranked in order of priority. Issues are organised under the headings Workers, Customers, Communities, the Environment, or Shareholders & Governance. JUST Capital then define metrics that map to those issues and track and analyse the largest, publicly traded U.S. companies. This analysis powers their rankings, in which this company ranked 161st of 951 companies, and 2nd of 18 Household & Leisure Goods companies.
Source: JUST Capital (2023)
This company received a score of 5.5/100 (retrieved 10-Oct-2020) in the Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI), a system for evaluating supply chain practices in China, particularly in regards to environmental management and water pollution. Scores are calculated using government compliance data, online monitoring data, and third-party environmental audits, as well as trends in the environmental performance of factories in the company's supply chains.
Source: IPE (2020)
As You Sow's 2019 report, Mining the Disclosures, is a deep analysis of 215 companies' human rights performance in relation to sourcing conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This company's score was 43.3% (Minimal).
Source: As You Sow (2019)
In 2021 this company settled a class action lawsuit for US$21 million which claimed that this company sold dishwashers containing a defect that caused them to leak. Whirlpool had known about the defect while simultaneously denying its existence for the past eight years, plaintiffs alleged.
Source: Top Class Actions (2021)
In 2019 the median pay for a worker at this company was US$20,765. The CEO was paid 675 times this amount. Exorbitant CEO pay is a major contributor to rising inequality. CEOs are getting more because of their power to set pay, not because they are increasing productivity or possess specific, high-demand skills. The economy would suffer no harm if CEOs were paid less (or taxed more). In contrast, the CEO-to-typical-worker compensation ratio was 20-to-1 in 1965 and 58-to-1 in 1989.
Source: AFL-CIO (2020)
This company has admitted pollution of groundwater in and around its former manufacturing facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and may face fines from local authorities.
Source: company website (2014)
D+ grade in the Baptist World Aid Australia's Behind the Barcode 'Ethical Electronics Guide 2016', which grades companies on their efforts to mitigate the risks of forced labour, child labour and worker exploitation throughout their supply chains. Assessment criteria fall into four main categories: policies, traceability & transparency, monitoring & training and worker rights. [Listed under Information due to age of report]
Source: Baptist World Aid Australia (2016)
As listed on the We Mean Business website, this company has committed to the following climate action initiatives: adopt a science-based emissions reduction target.
Source: We Mean Business (2021)
This company is listed on the EPA Green Power Partnership website (USA) as using renewable energy for 10% of its organisation-wide electricity use in the USA.
Source: EPA (2023)
This company has a publicly available Code of Conduct on its website.
Source: company website (2016)
This company is a signatory to WRAP's Electrical and Electronic Equipment Action Plan (esap). Signatories take collective action to reduce their environmental impact and sign up to contribute to the development and implementation of esap.
Source: WRAP (2017)
This company is a member of the Responsible Minerals Initiative (formerly the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative), which helps companies address conflict minerals issues in their supply chains. The RMI provides information on conflict-free smelters and refiners, common tools to gather sourcing information, and forums for exchanging best practices on addressing conflict minerals. Membership is open to companies that use or transact in tantalum, tin, tungsten or gold (3TG). Founded in 2008 by members of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative.
Source: RMI (2019)
This company is a member of How2Recycle. The How2Recycle Label is a voluntary, standardized labeling system that clearly communicates recycling instructions to the public. It involves a coalition of forward thinking brands who want their packaging to be recycled and are empowering consumers through smart packaging labels. Companies must be a member of the program to use the How2Recycle Label.
Source: How2Recycle (2023)
OpenSecrets.org tracks the influence of money on U.S. politics, and how that money affects policy and citizens' lives. Follow link to see this company's record of political donations, lobbying, outside spending and more.
Source: Open Secrets (2020)
|Revenue||21 billion USD (2017)|
|Subsidiaries||Indesit Company SpA
Founded in Italy in 1975. One of Europe's largest home appliance manufacturers. Acquired by Whirlpool in 2014.
Whirlpool Australia Pty Ltd
Household appliance wholesaling
In 2013, company transitioned to a sales agency model with Whirlpool branded appliances sold through Castel Electronics and 50 of the 62 staff displaced.
KitchenAid Australia Pty Ltd
Small kitchen appliances
Whirlpool Corporation purchased KitchenAid assets from the authorised Australian distributor and took over the wholesaling as KitchenAid Australia, effective 15 January 2015.
|Address||Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA|
Products / BrandsWhirlpool
Ariston Fridges & Freezers
Ariston Ovens & Cooktops
Ariston Washing Machines & Dryers
Indesit Washing Machines & Dryers
Indesit Ovens & Cooktops
Maytag Washing Machines & Dryers
Whirlpool Ovens & Cooktops
Whirlpool Washing Machines & Dryers
KitchenAid Coffee Machines
KitchenAid Small Kitchen Appliances