Organizational Profile


G4-3 Name of the organization.

The Sherwin-Williams Company

G4-4 Primary brands, products, and/or services.

The Sherwin-Williams Company, founded in 1866 and incorporated in Ohio in 1884, is engaged in the development, manufacture, distribution and sale of paint, coatings and related products. More information about Sherwin-Williams and its governance, operational structure, brands and products, locations, markets served, organizational scale, and financial results may be found on The Sherwin-Williams Company website ( and in its Annual Reports, Articles of Incorporation, Company Presentations, and Press Releases.

G4-5 Location of organization's headquarters.

101 W. Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-1075

G4-6 Number of countries where the organization operates, and names of countries with either major operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability issues covered in the report.

As of December 31, 2016 Sherwin-Williams had business operations in over 100 countries. This total includes stores, branches, distribution centers and manufacturing facilities.

Countries with major Sherwin-Williams manufacturing facilities are listed in below. Additional details on properties of Sherwin-Williams are included in the SEC 10-K filing.
Argentina Brazil Canada
Chile China Ecuador
France Germany Italy
Jamaica Malaysia Mexico
Poland Sweden United Kingdom
United States of America Uruguay Venezuela

G4-7 Nature of ownership and legal form.

The Sherwin-Williams Company is incorporated in Cleveland, Ohio. Sherwin-Williams is a publically traded company; its common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: SHW).

G4-8 Markets served (including geographic breakdown, sectors served, and types of customers/beneficiaries).

The Company is comprised of four reportable segments, which together provide our customers innovative solutions to ensure their success, no matter where they work, or what surfaces they are coating. These include: Paint Stores Group, Latin America Coatings Group, Consumer Group, and Global Finishes Group. Each of these markets are described in more detail on the Sherwin-Williams website and on pages 8-17 of the 2016 Annual Report.

G4-9 Scale of the reporting organization.

Sherwin-Williams is the largest coatings manufacturer in the United States and third-largest worldwide.  Details on the scale of Sherwin-Williams may be found in the 2016 Annual Report; pages 8 and 9 provide a summary of each of the four operating groups, page 20 provides financial summary of the company.

G4-10 Employment labor practices and overall structure broken down by category.

24 or younger: 17%
25-34: 32%
35-44: 21%
45-54: 16%
55+: 14%

Gender Distribution
All U.S. Employees
76% male
24% female
In 2016, women comprised 40% of our Paint Stores management trainees.

G4-13 Significant changes during the reporting period regarding size, structure, or ownership.

Changes during the 2016 reporting year are identified in the 2016 Annual Report; page 6 describes changes to the Board and Management.

On March 19, 2016, Sherwin-Williams entered into a definitive agreement to acquire The Valspar Corporation. Details of the acquisition and other changes can be found in the 2016 Annual Report and subsequent Press Releases.

G4-14 Whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization

The precautionary approach is part of Sherwin-Williams’ culture as evidenced in our Guiding Values which are described in our Code of Conduct and our Global Environmental, Health and Safety Policy.

G4-15 List of externally developed economic, environmental, and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organization subscribes or which it endorses.

Key sustainability policies may be accessed on our website under Sherwin-Williams Policies.

G4-16 List of memberships of associations (such as industry associations) and national or international advocacy organization in which the organization: holds a position on the governance body, participates in projects or committees, provides substantive funding beyond membership dues, and views membership as a strategic.

Sherwin-Williams maintains routine business membership in numerous trade and business associations.