We will become a stronger, more competitive company by fostering a climate that recognizes the value of a diverse workforce, thus realizing our full potential — not only as a company, but as individuals.
What is Diversity?
Diversity as we define it means difference. Our premise is that differences in perspectives, experience, backgrounds, etc., offer benefits to the PPG team. Many believe that diversity only refers to race and gender, at PPG it refers to much more. While these are two very important aspects of diversity, there are many more ways in which we differ. We understand the potential for barriers between co-workers due to cultural, educational, functional, regional, or even style differences. The high school educated technician who is working on a project with the Ph.D. chemist, the production engineer who participates in a development project with the salesperson, the Taiwanese business manager who is transferred to a US facility — all of these are examples of dimensions that if not proactively addressed can result in communication problems, conflicts and other barriers that impact the organization's success. We refer to these as the Dimensions of Diversity. PPG realizes these dimensions make us individuals and allow us to make unique contributions to the success of the business. We work to ensure that Dimensions of Diversity do not become barriers between co-workers and understand that diversity among our employees is critical to the success of our organization.
The Diversity Dimensions are also ways in which we are the same. These similarities allow us to find common ground and enable us to work together effectively to meet the business goals. Successfully managing the diversity of PPG people results in increased creativity, better problem-solving, improved productivity, reduced interpersonal conflict and improved teamwork.
Research & Development Diversity Council
The R&D Diversity Council is composed of PPG employees at different levels of the organization from various functional areas with diverse backgrounds. The R&D Council Chair is Charles F. Kahle II, PPG's Chief Technology Officer.
The R&D Diversity Council is a cooperative effort between the various R&D locations, representing PPG's Coatings, Chemicals and Glass businesses.
The R&D Council Mission
The goal of this council is to ensure an inclusive work place environment that maximizes the potential of all employees by fostering learning and development, addressing life issues and removing productivity barriers.
The R&D Diversity council is composed of three sub-committees which focus on three important areas of PPG’s culture to promote innovation in creative thinking through networking while maintaining work-life balance and career development.
The Mission of R&D Diversity Council Sub-committees:
– To foster opportunities for employees of diverse backgrounds and interests to promote professional growth and interaction in an atmosphere of support where employees can openly communicate, exchange and generate ideas.
– To identify issues, recommend changes and provide employees with the information and support needed to balance their work and life situations while meeting the organizational performance goals
– To maximize opportunities for employees at all levels and from all backgrounds to grow and develop within their current and future jobs