Fenestration Related Companies Recognized as Best Employers for Diversity

May 4th, 2021 by Drew Vass

Forbes magazine released its list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity, including numerous fenestration related companies. Coming in at 264 out of 500 was door and window manufacturer Andersen Corp. Adhesives manufacturer Dow Inc. landed a spot at 377, while paint and coatings provider Sherwin Williams ranked 319 and construction materials provider St. Gobain came in at 262.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic and numerous social justice movements have rocked the U.S., the need for more corporate diversity, equity and inclusion programs has become more pressing than ever before,” the magazine’s editors suggest. Among the thousands of companies eyed for the list, some appear to be “stepping up,” they say. These days, 60% proactively share what they do to promote diversity through websites and other materials—up from 46% last year.

The magazine partnered with market research firm Statista to survey 50,000 U.S.-based employees, working for companies with at least 1,000 on payroll. The resulting list ranks the top 500 receiving the most recommendations. Other factors taken into account include the diversity of boards and executive ranks, and inclusion initiatives. Respondents were asked to rate organizations on age, gender, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation equality, as well as general diversity.

According to Forbes, Andersen Corp. employs approximately 8,000, with sales of $2.5 billion. Meanwhile, officials for Andersen say the company was founded “on the principle of working ‘all together’ to deliver on its promises to its customers, communities and one another.” The company is committed to “building a culture of inclusion,” they add, partly by removing systemic barriers.

“Andersen is committed to demonstrating mutual respect and appreciation for our similarities and differences so that each employee is inspired to achieve their potential and all together we can exceed our customers’ expectations,” says Tracey Gibson, vice president and chief diversity officer. “We are proud to be a special place to work. We value open conversations about diversity and inclusion that lead to meaningful changes as we work to empower our employees to excel every day.”

In 2021, Andersen is for the first time participating in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a benchmarking survey and report designed to measure corporate policies and practices relating to LGBTQ workplace equality. In August 2020, government officials for the company’s home state of Minnesota announced that it was also among the first to participate in a movement to increase opportunities for Black professionals.

“National and local events in 2020 put a spotlight on the systemic racism and inequities that so profoundly impact our society,” says Jay Lund, chairperson and CEO for Andersen Corp. “These events also strengthened our resolve and reinforced our commitment to denounce all acts of racism, prejudice or injustice and to double down on our work to foster a more equitable and inclusive company and community for all.”

Other of the company’s recent initiatives include participation in the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion initiative, which officials say is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. The company is also working to build partnerships with organizations that foster diverse talent, “including historic Black colleges and universities, veterans career fairs, LGBTQ+ recruitment events and diverse networking programs.”

Other of Forbes’ lists that Andersen appears on include America’s Best Employers of 2021, America’s Largest Private Companies in 2020, and America’s Best Employers by State in 2019.

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