The members of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) Corporate Round Table are an impressive  group of nationally and internationally recognized businesses who appreciate the value of a partnership with Black state legislators  and their mission to serve their constituents. We appreciate our Corporate Round Table members and have dedicated this platform to new members in a show of appreciation for their contributions and commitment to NBCSL.
                                                                                                                      Waste Management

PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST
Inclusion & Diversity

 

Fostering mutual trust and respect for one another is a cornerstone of being an inclusive and welcoming workplace—one that is well-positioned to serve our customers and communities.

It’s also important that our workforce reflect the diverse customers and neighbors that make up our communities. Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) are fundamental values, as described in our Code of Conduct. In 2019, Waste Management maintained or increased representation of minority groups compared to peer industries in all categories, identified senior leadership sponsors for diversity initiatives and assembled diverse candidate slates for positions at the Area Vice President level and above.

In response to the growing acknowledgment of racial injustice in the United States, we launched a new page on the Waste Management website that includes candid conversations between Waste Management leaders about how we are responding and what we must do as a company to move forward. We are also evaluating our policies, practices and procedures to ensure equity. In 2020, we launched an I&D Leadership Council made up of cross-functional leaders appointed by the senior leadership team (SLT) that will act as change champions and ensure our I&D efforts are tied to the business strategy and are sustainable. Enterprise results will be reported to the SLT quarterly, and our Board of Directors receives an annual report on our inclusion and diversity strategy and progress.

We are continually working to further embed I&D as central pillars of our culture. To this end, we have set two aspirational goals to achieve by 2025:

  • Achieve ethnic diversity in each segment of our workforce, with emphasis on leadership, that is greater than or equal to that of the U.S. workforce standards.
  • Lead the industry in female representation at all levels, with a special emphasis on frontline and women in leadership.

We continue to strengthen programs to hire and retain minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities. We are also broadening our focus on additional underrepresented populations, including the LGBTQ+ community.

Our Board of Directors also believes that its diverse gender, racial and ethnic composition contributes to a valuable diversity of background, thoughts and opinions. This commitment to diversity on our Board is evidenced by the fact that every non-employee director added to our Board since 2013 through the date of this report has been female or is racially/ethnically diverse.



Calvin E. Booker - Waste Management LiasonCalvin E. Booker, Waste Management (WM) Liason

Mr. Calvin E. Booker is  committed to the National Black Caucus of State Legislators with over 30 years of service and support.  He has led NBCSL as Chairman Emeritus of the Corporate Round Table after serving four years as its Chairman.  He has also been an integral contributor to the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus.

 As North America’s leading environmental solutions provider, Waste Management (WM) is committed to putting People First, knowing that the daily contributions of our nearly 50,000 team members enable us to provide vital services in nearly every state in the U.S. Together, we strive to make our communities safe, resilient and sustainable—better places to work and live, today and in the future.  

Throughout the pandemic, protecting the health and safety of our team members who remained on the frontlines providing essential services, as well as those who serve in support roles to the frontlines, remained our top priority. From enhancing our already existing safety and hygiene protocols to holding morning crew-outs instituting physical distancing, to transitioning thousands to remote working spaces, our focus remained on putting our people first. In addition to protecting the health and safety of our people, we also prioritized their financial well-being.

Putting people first - it’s not just what we say. It’s what our people see. That’s why inclusion and diversity are guiding principles, rooted in our company values and embedded in our strategies. From our leadership to our frontline teams, we foster an inclusive and welcoming environment where everyone is valued and respected as we aspire to be a reflection of the communities we serve.

Learn more about our commitment to putting people first by visiting: https://sustainability.wm.com/putting-people-first/inclusion-and-diversity.







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