As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to impact all of us around the world, there is no doubt how each of our everyday lives have fundamentally changed. Still, despite how different today feels, a constant remains — how we all care for each other, our families and our communities. All of us at Whirlpool Corporation understand how incredibly important this is, and as families are being confined to their homes and are depending more and more on their appliances to get them through this difficult time, we are focused on showing up to serve.
At Whirlpool, our vision is to be the best kitchen and laundry company, in constant pursuit of improving life at home – and at times like this, it is more critical than ever that we live by that vision each and every day for the benefit of our employees, consumers and communities.
We understand that we play an essential role in the efforts to contain this virus and do not take that role lightly. Our manufacturing plants remain open and are working to produce the refrigerators, dishwashers, and cooking and laundry appliances that are needed to keep people safe at home.
The health and safety of our employees around the world remain our top priority – we know that we couldn’t do any of this without their tireless commitment. We have implemented the proper safeguards in our plants in line with the guidelines provided by the CDC and other health organizations around the world, and continuously monitor and adjust on a daily basis. This includes heightened cleaning protocols, increased distances on our production lines and making the decision to slow production lines down or reduce lines as needed, and emphasizing proper hygiene in the plants, including use of frequent hand washing while ensuring our employees have proper sanitization equipment.
We also understand how families and households are facing unfathomable challenges. At Whirlpool, we are committed to doing our part to help those affected in our communities. We have taken a number of steps including providing financial support and donating medical supplies and appliances to hospitals across the globe. We are also supporting local organizations providing vital services to the most vulnerable in society, such as food banks, shelters and school meal programs.
Though the days are heavy and the future is unpredictable, I am extremely proud of the men and women of Whirlpool who are united in their commitment to being there for you.
Chairman and CEO