As a global business, we have an incredible opportunity to benefit from the diversity we have in our Company. We value diversity in all forms, especially diversity of thought, and aspire to create an environment that recognizes and celebrates the benefits that come with a diverse workforce. We know that diversity of our associate population makes us better, and we strive to continue to improve and act with intention in these areas. We continue to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at TPI.
We defined these key terms as follows:
- Diversity is all the ways in which people differ, encompassing the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another.
- Equity focuses on the fair treatment, such as any group of individuals’ access, opportunities for advancement, and feeling like they are growing in the organization.
- Inclusion is the act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, listened to, and valued to fully participate.
We also confirmed our vision for DE&I as follows:
Everyone has a voice.
We want to listen to yours.
We can and will do more to maximize the positive impact that DE&I, and a feeling of belonging can bring to TPI. We believe that this and the rest of our vision statement is a strong representation of what we believe in, are committed to, and how we will hold our leaders and associates accountable.
As we continue our DE&I journey, we will use language that is intentional and reflects our own thinking. We recognize that one of our greatest areas of opportunity is to increase the representation of women at all levels of leadership as well as overall racial and ethnic diversity as we continue to add more talent to our leadership teams.
We have goals to increase both our overall representation of women in our global leadership team and our overall racial and ethnic diversity of our U.S. leadership team to 25% by 2025. Our global and U.S. leadership, generally, includes leaders at the director level and above.
To strengthen our DE&I efforts, TPI established a global DE&I Council and champion network to help guide, monitor progress, and hold us accountable for promoting our vision to create an inclusive culture. The primary role of the DE&I Council is to connect DE&I initiatives to strategic business goals and outcomes. In addition, the DE&I Council focuses on cultural change efforts, promoting transparency, driving accountability, and encouraging Company-wide communications on progress.
Additionally, all TPI managers receive formal in-person training on inclusive leadership, which focuses on understanding DE&I, and how to integrate these concepts into our daily actions and culture. Furthermore, every leader subscribes to an online learning channel, where bi-weekly micro-learnings are delivered on DE&I topics. In 2021, we had nearly 1,000 independent course completions using this platform, which is accessible in all languages and includes articles, videos, and other learning materials.
All associates have a voice, and in 2021, we facilitated our second DE&I survey to understand our associates’ beliefs and perceptions about their experiences at TPI. The survey results provided comparative measures to the 2020 survey that as a leadership team we can seek to understand and improve upon. The survey focused on diversity, and feelings of belonging, inclusivity, and being equitably treated. Globally 93% of our associates participated in this survey. Our overall DE&I score was 76% favorable, which is an impressive 6% increase over the 2020 results, and we have opportunities to improve. DE&I drivers increased by 5% overall. We saw impressive improvements in two areas specifically – associates feeling listened to and valued, and gender gap convergence in several DE&I categories. We believe these increases were a direct result of robust action planning and execution at the regional levels, and executive support for our DE&I initiatives.
We have an immense opportunity to learn from many different backgrounds and cultures. Each facility developed an action plan and will be held accountable for their results. Regionally, bonus eligible associates have a weighted goal for DE&I in their annual bonus plan. DE&I is embraced at all levels of the organization; it is about all of us making a commitment to seek to understand the thoughts, feelings, and beliefs of others and be respectful of them even if they differ from our own.
Our entire leadership team is committed to listen, learn, and work together to take meaningful action for lasting change at TPI.