For the fourth consecutive year since its publication began in 2018, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. ranked among Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable U.S. Companies. This year, we rose to #16 from #32, continuing our recognition as an industry leader in sustainability. As we face unprecedented shifts in global climates and economies, sustainability is vital to driving long-term growth and resilience.
In the past year, we introduced new forums to deepen our associates’ learning about diversity, equity, race and bias while intentionally reinforcing our culture of inclusion. These events have brought together individuals across teams in dialogue, opening up sometimes difficult, and always valuable, conversations. Thank you to our Black Associate Network, which continues to play an impactful role in creating a culture of belonging, alongside our other associate networks and our Equity Action Committee, comprised of a diverse group of leaders across teams.
We are continually working to create a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the communities we serve. We are proud that Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is included in the 2021 Bloomberg LP Gender-Equality Index (GEI). The index measures gender equality across five pillars: female leadership and talent pipeline, equal pay and gender pay parity, inclusive culture, sexual harassment policies, and pro-women brand. “Investing in equality and gender equity has always been a cornerstone of our company and has continued to create a culture of shared progress. These values guide our actions and decisions, bringing our company strength, resilience, and an innovative spirit,” said Laura Alber, President and CEO of Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
Virginia Sin is one of the Makers from West Elm’s LOCAL program, which helps small businesses grow and build resilience. In 2019, West Elm hosted their 5th annual Artisan Summit, an event bringing together artisan partners from around the world for a day of programs and connecting with the larger West Elm business. West Elm provided sessions on design, merchandising trends, U.S. manufacturing, customer relationship management, social media and more. Meet the Maker and check out what Virginia has been working on.
This year has allowed us to reflect on the support we are giving our communities. We are proud to have partnered with the NAACP, Jackie Robinson Foundation, and National Urban League as we contribute to supporting their efforts around achieving educational, social, and economic equality and racial justice. Further, we recently committed to match all employee donations made to racial justice and equity 501(c)3 organizations up to $1 million and created a new WSI Local Community Involvement Fund to empower our teams to drive positive change in racial equity in their local communities.
We want to thank Andréa McBride John and Robin McBride for sharing their inspirational story with our associates. Andréa and Robin are sisters who, through a shared passion for wine, became two of the most well-known black female winemakers in America. The McBride Sisters shared how they have been advocating for change within the wine industry, with representation at the top of their list, and challenging distributors and retailers to make room for black-and women-owned brands within their assortments.
During these unique times, we are inspired by the passion, innovation, and creativity of our Pottery Barn Product Development Team. Working together virtually, they created our Spring 2021 Season from their homes to our customers showing that together, there is nothing they can not accomplish.