NEW PORT RICHEY, FLA.—Welbilt, Inc., a leading global supplier of commercial foodservice equipment, joined the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion initiative. “Becoming a more diverse and inclusive place to work is not only a key priority for me as a CEO, but it is critical to the success of Welbilt as a global company,” said Hubertus Muehlhaeuser, President and CEO of Welbilt, “Engaging different points of view and cultural perspectives will enable us to effectively and efficiently meet the growing demands of our customers today and in the future. The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion initiative is an important step in our transformational journey.”
The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. This commitment is driven by a realization that addressing diversity and inclusion is not a competitive issue, but a societal issue that CEOs can play a critical role in addressing. To learn more about the pledge, visit CEOAction.com.
The CEO-led coalition launched in June 2017 and already represents nearly 70 industries, all 50 U.S. states, and millions of employees globally. To date more than 270 CEOs of the world’s leading companies and business organizations have joined recognizing that change starts with them by pledging to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The participating CEOs are committed to work together to source solutions and actions that can influence the national dialogue and inspire change. Diversity and inclusion are seen as business imperatives that improve corporate performance, drive growth, and enhance employee engagement.
“At Welbilt, we have been experiencing an exciting period of transition and forward momentum after becoming a stand-alone company in March 2016 and after going through a corporate rebranding,” explained Andreas Weishaar, S.V.P., Strategy, Marketing and Human Resources. “The further development of our corporate culture reflects the ever-evolving spirit of Welbilt and our commitment to our core values. We want to grow, learn, and cultivate a working environment where employees feel comfortable and empowered to discuss diversity and inclusion.”
Welbilt has one of the broadest portfolios of both hot and cold foodservice equipment in the industry, from ovens, fryers, steamers, grills, ranges and induction cooktops to beverage dispensing, blending, refrigeration and ice-making equipment. The company operates 17 manufacturing facilities throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia and has approximately 5,500 employees globally. “Welbilt is a pioneer and innovator in the foodservice industry and as such we see diversity as a strength to drive growth and performance,” added Weishaar. “It’s our employees’ unique perspectives, ideas, and experiences that make our business thrive and ready for tomorrow.”