Our people are Western Digital’s most valuable resource
Global Human Rights Policy
Western Digital is committed to respecting human rights throughout the world. This policy, which has been adopted by our Board of Directors, sets forth Western Digital’s expectations for respecting human rights in our operations and supply chain.
At Western Digital, we thrive on the power and potential of diversity. We believe the most effective way to way to embrace the diversity of our customers and communities around the world is to mirror them from within. But that’s not enough. We work hard to foster an inclusive environment, where every individual feels a genuine sense of belonging, respect, and contribution.
Supporting the Equality Act
Diversity at Western Digital gives us our daring, our strength, our advantage. It fuels our innovation. That’s why we are honored to voice our support for the Equality Act.
The Equality Act is a proposed federal legislation that would amend existing civil rights laws to provide full protections for LGBTQ+ employees throughout the US, including anti-discrimination policies by employers at the federal level. Our current policies are consistent with the proposed Equality Act, as we do not condone discrimination and inequality at our workplace.
2018 Diversity and Inclusion Programs and Progress
Western Digital takes a holistic approach to creating a culture of belonging. We’re continually striving through targeted recruitment strategies, innovative development and advancement programs, and a commitment to equity for all employees to build a more inclusive work environment.
Gender Representation of Global Employees
Representation of U.S. Employees
Our Business Resource Groups serve as a platform for employees to build relationships and connections, foster a sense of belonging and develop ways to support our business. Our seven employee networks include 20 global chapters including groups in India, China, Israel, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines.
All Western Digital BRGs are open to any employee interested in joining.
Awards and Recognition
Although our work continues everyday, we are proud to have earned the below this year.
Global Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Policy
We all have a responsibility to treat everyone with dignity and respect. This Policy expresses our commitment to providing equal opportunities and creating a workplace that is free of harassment and discrimination. Our employees know that we will support them if they speak up, letting a company resource know of any misconduct.
Western Digital does not tolerate human rights abuses, including the use of slavery, forced or child labor, in our supply chain or in any part of our business. We follow fair and ethical recruiting practices to ensure potential employees are supported and protected even before they step foot on our campuses, and we work closely with our suppliers to maintain similar practices and commitments throughout our supply chain.
Respecting and upholding human rights is a foundational aspect of how we do business. In close collaboration with the Responsible Business Alliance and the Responsible Labor Initiative, we work diligently to ensure that Western Digital employees and employees of our suppliers are provided with a working environment where they are treated with respect and dignity, and are provided with fair and safe working conditions. Our human rights and labor approach includes policies, impact assessments, due diligence, stakeholder engagement, grievance mechanisms and remedies, as explained in more detail in our sustainability reports.
Health & Safety
Providing a safe workplace for our employees is a priority at Western Digital. We believe that safety is everyone’s business, and so we ask our employees to:
Comply with applicable regulations and the Company’s safety procedures and instructions, and use necessary safety equipment as required,
Strive to continually improve the safety of our facilities and prevent industrial injuries, and
Report possible safety hazards so that they can be addressed expeditiously.
Western Digital maintains an integrated corporate quality, environmental, health and safety policy and we are committed to compliance with applicable occupational health and safety laws and regulations. We have established a global occupational health and safety management system that is applicable at all of our locations worldwide.
We establish supporting procedures at our facilities that address occupational safety, emergency preparedness, occupational illness and injury, industrial hygiene, machine safeguarding, physically demanding work, hazard communication (including access to Safety Data Sheets), and living conditions (where applicable). These policies and procedures are communicated to employees in various formats (including in-person training, web-based training, communications, postings, etc.) and are available in various languages.
We have qualified occupational health and safety (OHS) professionals who monitor our manufacturing facilities and we provide training programs on OHS practices for employees. In addition, we communicate to employees the requirements and responsibilities for safe and healthy work practices in accordance with our Company policy.
Western Digital has established safety committees at our facilities comprised of cross-functional teams of employees who meet regularly to assess the Company’s policies and processes and recommend improvements. Safety committee members work with health and safety personnel to keep track of occupational injuries, assess their root causes and recommend corrective action to avoid recurrences in the future. Committee members also conduct periodic inspections of our facilities and organize activities aimed at promoting safety within them.
Western Digital has also established Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) whose members are trained to respond to an incident (such as a fire, medical crisis, earthquake, etc.) and control its impact. ERTs assist in developing plans to organize an effective response and minimize injury and damage in the event of an incident.
Western Digital actively pursues industry-recognized certifications that provide globally accepted indicators reinforcing that our products and performance consistently meet high standards, including customer expectations and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. In support of our management systems, Western Digital conducts both internal assessments and third-party audits to evaluate its compliance with applicable environmental laws, regulations and international standards.