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Global Sustainability Director

Company: The Sherwin-Williams Company
Location: Cleveland
Posted on: May 26, 2023

Job Description:

Here, we believe there's not one path to success, we believe in careers that grow with you. Whoever you are or wherever you come from in the world, there's a place for you at Sherwin-Williams. We provide you with the opportunity to explore your curiosity and drive us forward. Sherwin-Williams values the unique talents and abilities from all backgrounds and characteristics. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply, including individuals with disabilities and Protected Veterans. We'll give you the space to share your strengths and we want you to show us what you can do. You can innovate, grow, and discover in a place where you can thrive and Let Your Colors Show!
At Sherwin-Williams, part of our mission is to help our employees and their families live healthier, save smarter and feel better. This starts with a wide range of world-class benefits designed for you. From retirement to health care, from total well-being to your daily commute-it matters to us. A general description of benefits offered can be found at Click on "Candidates" to view benefit offerings that you may be eligible for if you are hired as a Sherwin-Williams employee.


Sustainability is a growing business driver in coatings markets. This position is a strategic role, responsible for driving Sherwin-William's Sustainability program in concert with one or more of our business divisions. This role will coordinate the efforts of all major internal stakeholder groups (including R&D, Commercial, Global Supply Chain, Purchasing & Communications), external stake holders and customers to advance sustainability commitments and enable capture of business value.

Sustainability Leadership/Strategy:

Serve as the internal and external subject matter expert for Sustainability related topics
Lead sustainability efforts with commercial partners including strategy development, customer meetings, association commitments, claims, etc.
Identify, monitor, and manage potential disruptors to coatings markets related to Sustainability
Monitor and report out mega-trends impacting sustainability & coatings
Build effective partnerships with external influencers - as needed - including investor rating agencies, NGO's, environmental groups industry associations, community organizations etc.
Liaise with key governmental affairs efforts to support sustainability strategy in NA, LA, EMEAI & APAC
Drive collaboration and communication between internal groups to support sustainability strategy (R&D, Commercial, Global Supply Chain, Purchasing & Communications) on a global level
Partner with R&D and Suppliers to drive sustainability innovation pipeline for key raw materials and Responsible Procurement Roadmap
Partner with Sales and Marketing leadership to include sustainability in product development pipeline
Create & deliver internal sustainability training to support sustainability strategy
External and internal speaking engagements as needed

Sustainability Reporting

Work within Communications, Legal, and Sustainability Governance structure to develop and publish annual sustainability report.
Ensure readiness for SEC Reporting requirements and other forthcoming sustainability reporting rules
With the team, manage ESG disclosures such as SW's ESG Metric Summary, GRI, SASB, TCFD, EcoVadis, and CDP.
Report ESG data through appropriate external data portals to support investor relations.

Sustainability by Design (SbD)

Liaise with business and technical leadership to grow uptake of SbD program

  • Coordinate with leadership to develop long term product sustainability goals and develop action plan for success.
    Partner with team to ensure timely completion of requested Lifecycle Assessment, Environmental Product Declarations, and 3rd party certifications/ecolabel schemes.



  • Required:

    Bachelor's Degree in related field


    • Master's degree with a concentration in environmental science/policy, engineering, business, or chemistry



      Minimum 7+ years experience in sustainability focused role(s)
      Proven ability to manage matrixed organization to drive results
      Experience with change management in large organizations
      Working knowledge of Life Cycle Assessment methodology, standards, and interpretation of data


      • 10+ years sustainability experience at a multinational corporation
        Knowledge of emerging EU legislation and regulation, ability to develop deep understanding of sustainability trends in the region
        Experience with LEED green building program, Green Screen, Green Health, Health Product Declarations, WELL, Living Building Challenge, and Environmental Product Declarations



        Excellent verbal and written communication skills required


        Experience with public speaking or media training

        Sherwin-Williams is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, pregnancy, genetic information, creed, marital status or any other consideration prohibited by law or by contract.
        As a VEVRAA Federal Contractor, Sherwin-Williams requests state and local employment services delivery systems to provide priority referral of Protected Veterans.
        Compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case and will impact where actual compensation may fall within the stated wage range. The wage range listed for this role takes into account the wide range of factors considered in making compensation decisions including skill sets; experience and training; licensure and certifications; and other business and organizational needs. The disclosed range estimate has not been adjusted for the applicable geographic differential associated with the location at which the position may be filled.
        The wage range, other compensation, and benefits information listed is accurate as of the date of this posting. The Company reserves the right to modify this information at any time, with or without notice, subject to applicable law.
        Primary Location:United States-Ohio-CLEVELANDWork Locations:USA OH Cleveland Prospect Ave Headquarters101 West Prospect AveCleveland44115

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