Labor Practices & Decent Work

What is the Company’s workforce profile?

Sherwin-Williams has shared our profiles through various sources, including Fortune / Great Places to Work. The following information was submitted for 2011 award:

Age
Less than 25: 22.42%
26 - 34 26.13%
35 - 44 19.80%
45 - 54 18.42%
55+ 13.23%

Gender
Current distribution – all employees (U.S. Only)
79% male;
21% female

In 2011 women comprised 39.7% of our Paint Stores management trainees.

What are the Company’s anti-corruption practices?

See Corporate Governance.

Does the Company use corporal punishment?

None of Sherwin-Williams operations employ corporal punishment.

What is the Company’s equal opportunity, elimination of discrimination, promotion of diversity, or non-discrimination policy?

See EEO policy.

Does the Company allow free association and collective bargaining of employees?

Sherwin-Williams has free association and collective bargaining for employees.

See EEO policy.

Does the Company fairly compensate its employees?

Sherwin-Williams has a fair compensation program and full benefits packages for all employees.

See EEO policy.

Does the Company use forced labor?

None of Sherwin-Williams operations employ forced labor.

What is the Company’s working-hours policy?

Sherwin-Williams complies with all employment laws regarding working hours.

Does the Company use illegal child labor?

None of Sherwin-Williams operations employ illegal child labor.

Are employees satisfied with the Company?

50% of Sherwin-Williams’ U.S. employees have been with Sherwin-Williams for greater than 5 years, 30% have been with Sherwin-Williams for greater than 10 years.

Are the Company’s programs validated by third parties?

Our U.S. manufacturing sites participate in various third party validated programs including OSHA VPP, OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001, and ISO 9001.

Does the Company employ individuals with disabilities?

Sherwin-Williams is an equal opportunity employer. As such, we will recruit, select and hire on the basis of individual qualifications. Company policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, sexual orientation or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.

See EEO policy.

How does the Company train and develop its employees?

Sherwin-Williams operates four S-W training universities across the country. On average, full-time hourly employees receive 72 hours of training per year. Ninety-three percent (93%) applies to their current job, while seventeen percent (17%) of the curriculum also can apply to their future development and advancement. Similar numbers apply for full-time salaried employees.

On average, part-time hourly employees receive 42 hours of training per year. Ninety-three percent (93%) applies to their current job, while nine percent (9%) of the curriculum also can apply to their future development and advancement. Similar numbers apply for part-time salaried.

How does the Company prevent bribery?

See Code of Conduct.

Is the Company involved in political contributions?

Sherwin-Williams does not have a political action committee.

What is the Company’s turnover rate?

Sherwin-Williams turnover rate is the lowest in the industry – with 5% turnover among full-time employees.

Does the Company promote the advancement of women?

The Sherwin-Williams Company is an equal opportunity employer. As such, we will recruit, select and hire, on the basis of individual qualifications. Company policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, sexual orientation or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws. See EEO policy.

Key business units/functions led by women include:

Board member, Division President Paint Stores, Corporate Treasurer, Controller Diversified Brands, Vice President of Technical Development, VP of Organizational Development, VP of Corporate HR to name a few.

How does the Company prevent sexual harassment?

See Non-Harassment Policy.