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- Whirlpool Corporation manufactures home appliances, incuding refrigerators, stoves, air conditioners, washers and dryers.
- Whirlpool has been an industry leader in developing energy-efficient appliances and streamlining its shipping practices to cut its greenhouse gas emissions.
- Whirpool has faced several racial and religious discrimination lawsuits in the past few years after employees complained that their supervisors tolerated the use of racial epithets and racist graffiti.
- Pig iron made in Brazil is partially produced using slave labor and is used in many Whirlpool products.
-- Profile Updated 05/06/2009
About Whirlpool Corporation
Whirlpool Corporation became the world’s largest manufacturer of home appliances in 2006 after its successful purchase of Maytag. Whirlpool Corporation sells its appliances in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. In addition to Whirlpool, the company also sells appliances under a number of different brands, including KitchenAid, Bauknecht, Roper, Maytag, Magic Chef, and Amana. Whirlpool’s products include washers, dryers, refrigerators, air conditioners, dishwashers, freezers, microwave ovens, air purifiers, trash compactors, and more. In 2008, Whirlpool reported $18.91 billion in sales and had 70,000 employees.
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Ethics and Governance
Whirlpool Corporation has been a partner with Habitat for Humanity since 1999, helping to build houses for low-income families. Whirlpool donates a range and an ENERGY-Star certified refrigerator to every new Habitat house built in North America, contributing more than $34 million in cash and donations since 1999. In addition to its assistance in North America, Whirlpool also has active partnerships with Habitat for Humanity in 18 different countries.
-- Whirlpool, 05/05/2009
Source URL: www.whirlpool.com/content.jsp?sectionId=794
In 2007, several Whirlpool employees were detained in China as part of a bribery investigation. Chinese police detained at total of 22 company officials from seven multinational corporations, including Whirlpool, ABB, McDonald’s, and McKinsey & Company. The companies had allegedly bribed Chinese government officials in an effort to win business contracts.
-- New York Times, 01/20/2007
Whirlpool Corporation received a perfect score for the fifth year in a row on the Human Rights Campaign 2009 Corporate Equality Index which rates large corporations on policies that affect their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. The HRC Corporate Equality Index rates companies on a scale of 0 to 100 percent.
-- Human Rights Campaign, 02/15/2009
Brazilian slave labor is used to produce charcoal used in the production of pig iron, a basic ingredient of the steel used in products manufactured by Whirlpool, Kohler, Nissan, and General Motors. The slaves are forced to work six days a week, and often go for months without getting paid. They are unable to visit their families due to the lack of money and the distance between the work camps and their homes. Workers have no health care, and many suffer from malaria and respiratory illnesses caused by working long hours breathing in smoke from the fires used to make the charcoal. Whirlpool says that it complies with labor laws in all countries, but it does not monitor the work practices in other countries.
-- Seattle Times, 01/21/2007
A lawsuit filed in 2003 by 15 Whirlpool employees claimed that they were subject to a hostile work environment at a manufacturing plant in Tennessee. According to the employees, plant supervisors tolerated frequent use of racial epithets and racist graffiti on the facility’s walls. Although the original group of employees filing suit was entirely African-American, the suit was amended in 2005 to include white employees in the complaints. This made the lawsuit the first to have African-Americans and whites have jointly filed a racial discrimination suit against an employer.
-- Law.com, 09/30/2005
Source URL: www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1127466315118
A group of 16 Muslims working at Whirlpool’s Tennessee air conditioner plant filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against their employer in 2002. Listed among their complaints were allegations that plant supervisors refused to grant Muslim employees prayer breaks. Their lawsuit failed in court.
-- New Standard, 09/30/2005
Source URL: newstandardnews.net/content/index.cfm/items/2207
In 2005, Whirlpool Corporation settled a discrimination complaint filed by the Department of Labor. The Michigan-based appliance manufacturer agreed to pay $850,000 in back wages and committed to hire 48 of 800 qualified African-American applicants who were denied jobs at Whirlpool’s Oklahoma plant between 1997 and 1998. Company officials said that the alleged discrimination was the result of a faulty employment test that it no longer uses.
-- New Standard, 08/11/2005
Source URL: newstandardnews.net/content/index.cfm/items/2207
Whirlpool has been an environmental leader in the household appliance industry. In the 1970s, it became one of the first companies to establish an office for sustainability. It has been a strong supporter of the government-backed Energy Star program for energy efficient appliance, and in 2007 pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 6.6 percent by 2012. Additionally, Whirlpool has invested in energy-efficient lighting in its facilities and replaced 105 internal-combustion industrial clamp trucks with electric models to reduce pollution. In 2007, Whirlpool joined the SmartWay Transport, a partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the freight industry designed to increase energy efficiency and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. The company committed to implement a number of policies to improve its transportation practices.
-- Environmental Leader, 01/09/2009
In 2006, Whirlpool Corporation announced that it would dismiss 1,200 workers over the course of 2006 and 2007, saying that it would relocate those manufacturing jobs to a refrigerator plant in Mexico. Around 700 of the jobs were cut from operations at Whirlpool’s Forth Smith, Arkansas plant; the remaining 500 workers were dismissed from the manufacturing plant in Evansville, Indiana. The statement came after the company already cut 940 workers at its Arkansas plant and moved the jobs to Mexico.
-- New York Times, 10/04/2006