LEADING BY EXAMPLE: UNDERSTANDING AND REMOVING BARRIERS
President & Chief Executive Officer
Rockwell Automation, Inc.
As the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, Rockwell Automation is a $6.3 billion multinational company with approximately 22,000 employees and customers in more than 80 countries worldwide. Through their flagship brands, Allen-Bradley® and Rockwell Software®, Rockwell Automation helps its clients be more productive and the world more sustainable.
Why is diversity a priority for your company and for you personally?
“Our people are the foundation of all we do, and creating an environment where everyone can and wants to do their best work is fundamental to our success. Having a Culture of Inclusion within Rockwell Automation ensures that we have diverse pool of thinkers and diverse teams, quite simply, make better decisions.”
Why is it important to you to have diversity on your board?
“Diversity on our board brings broader perspective to help us make better decisions. Research also shows that diversity on boards leads to stronger financial performance. Our board which currently includes 3 women and 1 African-American man, demonstrates that we value diversity and diversity of thoughts. We believe our board is a role model for diverse representation at all levels in our organization.”
The Culture of Inclusion (COI) Journey at Rockwell Automation is a culture-change initiative that comprises programs and strategies executed throughout the company’s businesses and functions. A key element of this strategy is that, to make sustainable change, the dominant group—in this case white men—needs to be aware of the impact of their privilege, be engaged, and partner with women and underrepresented groups in a meaningful way.